19 January 202118:30 - 20:00
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The talk will consider global sustainability issues starting with the United Nations Sustainability Goals and moving into a focus on the climate emergency.
It will look at the impact of the built environment on carbon emissions, specifically construction and embodied carbon. High level carbon emissions targets will be discussed and filtered down to how structural design on individual projects may evolve over the next few years in response.
The talk will aim to show how every structural engineer has a contribution to make and a role to play in moving the industry to a carbon free future. Using examples from the guidance produced by the Climate Emergency Task Group amongst other sources.
The talk will also touch on how we might be able to go beyond net-zero targets with restorative and regenerative projects which actually have a positive impact on the planet.
Mike Sefton MIStructE is taking the opportunity of a career break to be part of the Institution’s Climate Emergency Task Group. He aims to contribute towards the development of a sustainable construction industry and engage with other engineers to empower them to take positive climate action.
Prior to his career break, Mike’s 17 years of experience with Buro Happold, enabled him to work on a wide range of technically challenging projects from the O2 Arena in London, to the domes of the Elephant House at Copenhagen Zoo, the cable net of the Khan Shatyr in Kazakhstan and high-rise towers in Istanbul and Riyadh.
In recent years a sports sector focus provided opportunity to work on the conversion of the London Olympic Stadium, the proposed Budapest Athletics Stadium and to carry out design checks for the new Las Vegas Raiders Allegiant Stadium.
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