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Leiper urges engineers to take lead in reducing CO2

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CIVIL ENGINEERS must take personal responsibility for tackling climate change, ICE president Quentin Lieper has said.

Speaking at the annual ICE West Midlands dinner in Birmingham, Lieper challenged them to reduce energy consumption in their own offices as well as on projects and to cut travel.

'Climate change is the biggest global issue we are facing, ' Lieper said. 'The government wants to cut carbon emissions by 60% by 2050. But they can't do it by themselves.

'As engineers we have a part to play not only in design, but also in our own business operations.' Lieper urged every one of the Institution's members to perform a single action every day to improve the performance of the built environment in general and their own immediate environment in particular.

He called on engineers to understand why it is important to promote sustainability, to enthuse their teams, provide guidance and celebrate successes in achieving sustainability.

Leiper added that there were clear business benefits to cutting energy consumption.

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