Since the launch of Engineers Declare in 2019, the evidence of global warming and its consequences have only intensified, and the engineering community must ask itself whether it is doing enough. Whilst some firms have taken bold steps to publicly declare their own targets and commitments, and the Institution has continued to provide guidance for change in our practice and implemented its professional membership and project awards requirements, more remains to be done to positively address the biodiversity and climate emergency that we face.
This annual summit highlighted ways to address the climate and biodiversity emergency through circular economy and reuse practices and the implementation of digital tools. The programme also included an update on policy and standards and a panel discussion focused on best practices to use less concrete.
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Embodied biodiversity impacts of construction materials Eva MacNamara, Associate Director, Expedition Engineering
Systems thinking Oliver Broadbent, Director, Constructivist
UK NZCBS & Part Z policy update Will Arnold, Head of Climate Action, Institution of Structural Engineers
BCO and EC1 Consultation David Watson, Technical Director, AKT II
Circular Economy and reuse Penny Gowler, Director, Elliott Wood
Steel reuse: circularity in action Tom Howarth, Reusable Steels Senior Engineer, EMR
Using digital tools to design with reused steel Diego Padilla Phillips, Technical Director, WSP
Success stories in the built environment (case studies) Laura Batty, Senior Associate, Heyne Tillett Steel
Lessons from foundations: getting the low-carbon message across Erik Martiny, Architect, Structured Environment
Considered design engineering to reduce embodied carbon Patrick Clayton, Associate Engineer, Renaissance