Crunching Carbon: An urgent call to action for Civil Engineers

Legal & General manages financial assets worth nearly £1 trillion - a major investor in infrastructure. In an open letter to all professional engineering institutions, Chairman Sir John Kingman questions the measures currently in place that will ensure that professionals offering advice are up to speed on climate risk.

As reported in New Civil Engineer, a letter from Legal & General's Chairman Sir John Kingman to all professional engineering institutions questions the measures currently in place that ensures professionals offering advice are fully informed on climate change. Following the historic COP21 deal two years ago, global carbon emissions are higher than ever, so Legal & General ask: "What is going to force civil engineers into action?"

In the letter Sir John Kingham writes: “As climate change mitigation and adaptation has moved from ad hoc reporting within the corporate responsibility area to a fundamental design parameter for the built environment, we would like to understand what your professional body has done to embed [climate change], not as an ad hoc voluntary area of learning but as an integral part of the professional qualification and practice of all your members.”

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Sir John Kingman

Given the UK’s phenomenal reputation in the built environment for skills both in engineering, design and project management, leadership by your professional body to embed this revolutionary change into how we design and implement and create our built environment within the next 10-20 years is fundamental.

Sir John Kingman, Chairman of Legal & General Group

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