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ICE slams 'omission' of engineers from climate change body

ICE director general Tom Foulkes renews calls for more civil engineers in government advisory roles.

ICE director general Tom Foulkes has this week reiterated the institution's demand that government should create a new advisory post for a senior civil engineer.

The renewed call for the engineer, who would guide infrastructure policy, came in response to chancellor Alistair Darling's budget last week.

Foulkes also commented that the lack of engineers sitting on the newly created Committee on Climate Change would hamper efforts to bring the nation's carbon emissions in line with European targets.

He said "Whether the target is 60% or 80% by 2050, climate change reduction cannot be delivered without civil engineers. However, the Climate Change Committee does not have an engineer amongst its membership" he said.

"The ICE calls for this omission to be rectified, and also renews its call for the appointment of a Chief Civil Advisor to assist government and the Prime Minister in the achievement of their policies and objectives."

He went on to commend the government's additional support for road pricing technology, before focusing on infrastructure provision for the 70,000 new housing sites confirmed by the chancellor.

Commenting on the sites for 70,000 new homes to be constructed, Foulkes insisted ministers ensure proper flood mitigation measures are in place prior to giving planning permission for housing developments on flood planes.

Foulkes said: "We urge the government to ensure that these communities are sustainable and that the requisite infrastructure planning is in place prior to project initiation."

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