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ICE’s Carbon Champions initiative celebrates individuals and their teams who are committed to achieving net zero and have a case study to prove this.
Hosted by ICE President Keith Howells, this hybrid session will welcome some of our current ICE Carbon Champions to the stage. They will present progress on their projects, highlighting where they have harnessed opportunities for carbon reduction, and challenges they have faced. We will also hear how PAS 2080, the BSI Standard on carbon management in infrastructure, has factored into their case studies.
A Q&A session, moderated by Lara Young, will be your opportunity to learn from our champions and hopefully generate your own carbon-saving ideas. Finally, we’ll bring together three of our esteemed Carbon Champions Expert Review Panel members to discuss how ICE’s carbon community can help to promote the adoption of the newly released PAS 2080.
Join us to find out more about our Carbon Champions and get some ideas of how to save carbon on your own projects.
In the meantime, think about submitting an application, or check out our Carbon Champions hub.
Registration and refreshments
[Registrations start at 10:30 BST for those attending in person. For those joining online, we recommend logging in at 10:45 to test connections]
Introduction from ICE President Keith Howells
Introduction from Lara Young (Cromwell Property Group), Chair of the Carbon Champions Expert Review Panel
Carbon Champions case studies – PAS 2080 in practice
David Jackson, Sweco – Cross Tay Link Road case study
Q&A session with the Champions, hosted by Lara Young
Fireside chat: How can ICE’s Carbon Community help drive PAS 2080 adoption?
Closing remarks from Lara Young
Institution of Civil Engineers
Keith Howells is the 158th President of the ICE.
Having graduated in civil engineering in 1974, Keith joined one of the founder members of the Mott MacDonald Group and spent the first 10 years of his career in infrastructure design and project management, mostly in the water and transport sectors. On completing an MBA in 1986, he became involved with the planning, feasibility, and financial and economic analysis of projects, principally in the water and environmental sectors. Over the next decade he worked on numerous projects funded by the international finance institutions as well as by UK government bodies.
Keith has built career long experience in the planning, study and design of hydraulic structures, hydropower, urban drainage, sewerage, water supply and river engineering schemes. He has worked in numerous countries as well as in the UK. He ran the firm’s Water and Environment business from 1997 to 2002, before becoming the Group Managing Director in 2004, directing the firm’s expansion in North America and Australasia. Keith became Chair of the Group’s Executive Board in 2011, responsible to shareholders for the performance of the company and its strategic direction – a role he continued until mid-2019.
Keith was on the board of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering from 2011 to 2015, and its Chair in 2013; he was a member of the CBI’s Construction Council from 2013 to 2019; and a member of the Cranfield School of Management Advisory Board from 2012 to 2020. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
University of Oxford
associate professor of engineering science & tutorial fellow of the new college
Barbara leads the Sustainable Metal Structures Research Group at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the role of metals in structures to improve the construction sector sustainability and resilience. Barbara joined the University of Oxford in March 2019 as Associate Professor and Tutorial Fellow in Engineering Science (Structures & Mechanics). Prior to this, she was an associate professor in Engineering Technology at KU Leuven in Belgium, where she led a research group exploring the structural behaviour of metallic structures, with a special interest in stainless steel and harsh environments, where corrosion plays an important role.
Barbara gained ICE Carbon Champion status for her work on the Gradel Quad development in New College Oxford, which used less carbon-intensive materials and techniques to dramatically reduce the project’s embodied carbon.
Transport for London
senior project engineer
Ben is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Senior Project Engineer working at Transport for London, the local government body responsible for most of the transport network across London.
Ben was one of ICE’s first Carbon Champions in 2021 for his work on the Colindale Station Redevelopment project in North London, which I’m hoping we will hear much more about later on.
Since becoming an ICE Carbon Champion, Ben has presented the case for saving carbon on projects at an ICE event alongside Past President Rachel Skinner and fellow Carbon Champs, and contributed towards the UK Green Building Council’s programme of events at COP26.
principal carbon consultant
David spent seven years at the Met Office where he saw first-hand the impact climate change was having on our environment. Rather than predicting worsening events, he decided to change paths and do something to mitigate the impact of climate change.
David undertook an MSc in Carbon Management and a PhD researching carbon management tools for the built environment, both at the University of Edinburgh.
Since then he has worked for Costain and Sweco UK to embed PAS 2080 and carbon management within projects, and support organisations developing strategies and working towards achieving net zero targets.
Cromwell Property Group
head of esg
Lara joined Cromwell Property Group in January 2023 after working in the construction and engineering industry for over 10 years. As Head of ESG, she works on further developing Cromwell’s existing ESG framework and aligning the ESG strategy with the business’s overall strategic objectives.
Prior to joining Cromwell, Lara was the driving force behind establishing and implementing Costain’s Climate Change Action Plan, which set out a detailed 15-year plan to transition to a net-zero organisation by 2035. She was most recently shortlisted as 2023 Net-Zero and Energy leader of the year at the edie sustainability awards (winners to be announced in March) and was named 2022 Young Person of the Year by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and Energy and Carbon Leader of the Year at the 2021 edie Awards. Lara has been the Chair of the Carbon Champion Review Panel since May 2021.
associate climate consultant
Chris is a Chartered Environmentalist and Fellow of IEMA and the ICRS.
He is working for AECOM as an Associate in the Climate and Sustainability team specialising in Carbon in Infrastructure for several international projects through concept, design and construction. Chris was part of ICE President Paul Sheffield’s Future Leader programme and was awarded the inaugural Society of the Environment’s New Registrant of the Year and named in edie’s 30 under 30.
Chris is currently undertaking a PhD in Carbon Responsibility with Francesco Pomponi and Bernardino D’Amico of Edinburgh Napier to ensure consistency, clarity and commonality within the Infrastructure Value Chain.
Department for Transport
senior policy advisor
Dr Tom Mclenachan is a Senior Policy Advisor in the Infrastructure Carbon team at the Department for Transport, UK. His work focusses on driving consistent whole life carbon assessment in infrastructure, building carbon management capability and supporting carbon reduction strategies in DfT and across Government.
He has contributed to key technical standards, for example sitting on the Technical Advisory Panel for the update to PAS 2080, and Government Guidance, such as IPA’s Best Practice in Benchmarking. He has represented Government at COP 26 and joined the ICE’s Carbon Champion Review Panel in 2022 – recognising exceptional performance in carbon reduction.
He is also the co-founder and Executive Director of Equal Aqua, an international NGO that is tacking inequalities in access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in East Africa, as well as addressing associated environmental issues. Working primarily in Uganda, Equal Aqua’s flagship projects include building rainwater harvesting tanks for schools from recycled plastic bottles, leading menstrual hygiene workshops for community groups, and restoring biodiversity through tree planting and other activities. In 2020 Equal Aqua was awarded the Points of Light Commonwealth award for its pioneering work in the WASH sector.
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