IORMA Webinar: Infrastructure : Whole life carbon cost

IORMA Webinar: Infrastructure : Whole life carbon cost

Thursday 20 May 2021

If we are to reduce global carbon emissions to ‘net zero’ by 2050, to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and prevent catastrophic climate change, very difficult decisions have to be taken.

Today we look at the impact of the construction and operation of infrastructure worldwide has on the current climate emergency.

UK government analysis of infrastructure concluded that the combined economic sectors of transport, water, waste, energy and communications are responsible for over half of national carbon emissions, a proportion that is expected to increase substantially in the coming decades.

Looking at the whole life cost of infrastructure, construction, operation and disposal, our speakers will endeavour to explore how drastic emission reductions can be achieved.

A video of this Webinar appears below


Sue Kershaw, Managing Director, Transportation, Costain

Sue has a strong track record for driving complex, high profile transport and construction programmes to delivery. She is currently president of the Association for Project Management, a member of the Mayor of London’s Infrastructure Advisory Panel and a Royal Academy of Engineering visiting professor at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, University College London.
In March 2020, Sue joined Costain as managing director, Transportation with a brief to lead the Group’s Transport business, develop and implement a sustainable growth strategy, and deliver long-term profitable relationships with customers.
Before joining Costain, Sue was managing director, Infrastructure Advisory Group at KPMG. Prior to that she was UK infrastructure head of programme management for KPMG Major Projects Advisory. Previous positions include director of rail, Europe at CH2M and deputy director of transport for the Olympic Delivery Authority. Sue is a civil engineer and started her career with Taylor Woodrow.

Professor Ian Reeves, CBE, CEO and Founder, Synaps

Ian founded Synaps, an international business advisory firm helping companies change, develop and succeed across a wide range of industry sectors and jurisdictions. Among a number of other appointments, Ian is visiting Professor of infrastructure investment and construction at The Alliance Manchester Business School; Chairman of GCP Infrastructure Investments Limited, a listed FTSE 250 company; Senior Independent Director of Triple Point Social Housing REIT plc; and Chairman of EIX The Estates and Infrastructure Exchange.
He was the founder and Chairman of High-Point Rendel Group PLC and led the development of that multi-disciplinary group of companies specialising in business, management and engineering technology consultancy, with a network of offices internationally.
He has held many other public and private appointments including being President and worldwide CEO of Cleveland Bridge and Dorman Long Group, and Chairman of Tomorrow’s People, and CBI’s London Council. Ian was awarded his CBE in 2003 for services to business and charity.

Lewis Barlow

Lewis Barlow, Technical Director, Sweco UK Limited and Seconded to the Scottish Government

Lewis is currently seconded to the Scottish Government having been Director of Carbon & Sustainability at Sweco UK. He provides expert advice on preventing climate change across all sectors and leads a multi-award-winning Carbon Team. Lewis is an external professional reviewer for Chartered Engineers and Chartered Environmentalists. He promotes professional development and is a strong advocate for carbon management best practice. Lewis is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and leads a dedicated training course on Carbon Management in Infrastructure for the Institution, designed for all stakeholders across the value chain.

Richard Jackson

Richard Jackson, Director, Sustainability, University College London – MODERATOR

Richard has over 30 years’ experience within the sustainability field, from early work as a conservation volunteer through to his current role as Director, Sustainability for UCL. In this time, he has been involved in many aspects of sustainability – strategy development, operational management, policy and lobbying and research.
Richard has been in his current role for nearly 10 years, during which time he has led UCL’s work on embedding sustainability into all activities. This includes the development of UCL’s ambitious new Strategy, Change Possible. Prior to UCL, he worked for 7 years leading the Olympic Delivery Authority’s (ODA) sustainability work, with a primary focus on developing and implementing the ODA’s Sustainable Development Strategy.

For more information about IORMA’s series of webinars and the opportunities to speak in and sponsor, go to IORMA Events.

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