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ICE hosts UN Sustainable Development Goals debate

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In early March, the ICE was once again a strategic partner at Ecobuild, the largest UK event for the built environment.

It supported this year’s theme of delivering the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs).

Hosting a dedicated “Infrastructure District” stand, the ICE offered a forum for built environment professionals to hear about issues facing the industry, how to tackle them, and the opportunities of working toward achieving the UNSDGs.

The ICE led part of the main Ecobuild conference programme, and ICE director of engineering knowledge Nathan Baker chaired a panel discussion entitled “Decarbonising water and energy – a global urgency”. Panel speakers included Anglian Water head of carbon and energy David Riley, , Mott MacDonald global sustainability leader Davide Stronati, and ICE energy expert panel member Philip Pascall.

The session addressed two of the UNSDGs – providing clean water and sanitation to all; and provision of affordable and clean energy to all.  It was noted that water and energy resilience is a global challenge and not just a problem for developing countries.

Panel members shared their thoughts on water shortage as a worldwide phenomenon and critical issue, and discussed how reducing carbon emissions will affect energy sources and energy use.

At the Infrastructure District, the ICE led its own three day programme with over 18 hours of thought leadership, expert presentations and debate.

Here, the ICE showcased what the industry is doing to help achieve the five UNSDGs where civil engineers can make the most impact. They are:

● provision of clean water and sanitation

● provision of affordable and clean energy

● development of resilient sustainable infrastructure while fostering innovation

● development of sustainable cities and communities

● and climate action to reduce the impact of climate change.

Panel discussions explored themes including the future of drainage, integration of digital working processes, UK productivity performance, transforming the engineering of cities, and the importance of adopting sustainable approaches to deal with climate change.

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