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NCE's Review of the Year 2008 - November

NCE looks back on the year the banking world imploded, Heathrow Terminal 5 opened in chaos and Crossrail – described by former transport secretary Ruth Kelly as the biggest infrastructure project in the northern hemisphere – finally gained political approval and funding. . . .

Historic precedents were set in November, with the election of not only America’s first black president but also the first female president of the ICE. Both have common goals. Jean Venables, the first woman to lead the Institution in its 190 year history, pledged to put civil engineers at the heart of the debate about climate change.

Barack Obama wants to lead a clean energy revolution by injecting money into renewables and introducing a system of tradable emissions permits. However, the American Society of Civil Engineers has long
campaigned to highlight the decline of US infrastructure and says that the incoming president will inherit a £1 trillion repair
bill.

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