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Infrastructure and the built environment have a critical role to play in the transition to a resilient, net-zero world. This requires systems thinking, digital solutions, a focus on both people and nature, and innovation in design, construction and operation. This is what we do.

We are building tomorrow’s world today. With our global expertise, interdisciplinary mindset and focus on practical solutions, we want to collaborate with our partners and clients to support a successful COP26.

We have been supporting clients and countries in building momentum for greater ambition, participating in various events and programmes.

London Transport Museum Climate Crossroads Programme

Mott MacDonald is sponsoring London Transport Museum Climate Crossroads programme, which imagines what the future could look like for London aiming to inspire visitors to take action. Over the next 18 months the museum will be bringing a line-up of school holiday family activities, green themed after dark events, thought leadership debates for business leaders and policy makers and skills and employability support for young people. Book now.

Resilience Hub

Past events

Tuesday 9 November 06:00 GMT

Digital tools for water resilience
This 90-minute virtual drop-in session introduced digital tools for assessing and managing exposure to physical climate change risks.

Speakers:

David Johnson, Regional managing director – Asia Pacific New Zealand and Australia, Mott MacDonald
Nasrine Tomasi, Technical director - smart water, Mott MacDonald
Dr Amgad Elmahdi, Head of MENA region, principal researcher-water system analyst and solutions, International Water Management Institute
Sarah Hayes, CReDo roject lead – climate resilience demonstrator project, National Digital Twin Programme, Centre for Digital Built Britain
Leonie Chatain, Manager – Europe, Four Twenty Seven (part of Moody’s ESG solutions)

Thursday 11 November 13:15 GMT

The health-climate nexus: delivering a virtuous cycle of benefits

Ill-health and climate change are interrelated global threats, and the solutions to each are also intertwined. This session highlighted synergies and potential win-win solutions. Book to register.

Speakers:

Clare Wildfire, Global practice leader – cities, Mott McDonald
Wisborn Malaya, Secretary general of the Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA)
Alice Sverdlik, Researcher, human settlements group, IIED
Governor of Jakarta
Mr. Irvan Pulungan, DKI Jakarta special envoy on climate change, Jakarta Capital City Government
Sophie Howe, Future generations commissioner for Wales
Fiona Armstrong, Founder and executive director, Climate and Health Alliance Australia
Jane Burston, Executive director, Clean Air Fund
Amanda Sturgeon, Head of regenerative design, Mott MacDonald
David Jácome-Polit, Chief resilience officer, Municipality of Quito / Resilient Cities Network
Jad Daley, President and CEO, American Forests

For further details please see the Resilience Hub Event Programme Overview

Tuesday 2 November 11:15 GMT

Integrating resilience into investment decision making

With the Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment, we brought together experts across from engineering, risk data, ratings, investment and the public sector to explore the implications, challenges and opportunities of making infrastructure assets climate resilient, considering risk transfer, credit rating and asset valuation.

Speakers:

Denise Bower, Group external engagement director, Mott MacDonald
Crystal Flemming, General manager, Investor Group on Climate Change
Samir Assaf, Chairman of the boards, HSBC Middle East and HSBC Middle East Holdings , Senior advisor, General Atlantic, Member of the advisory board of beyond netzero, HSBC
Kamal Kishore, Cochair, Exec committee, Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure
Kelly Christodoulou, ESG and stewardship manager, investments, Australian Super
Laia Romero, Director, Lobelia Earth
Paul Munday, Director, climate adaptation & resilience, S&P Global Ratings
Richard Sorkin, CEO and co-founder, Jupiter Intelligence
Roelfien Kuijpers, Global ESG client officer, DWS, Head of client coverage for Ireland, Scandinavia and the UK, DWS

Carbon Crunch 2021

Listen to recordings from Carbon Crunch 2021: the pre-COP26 edition which took place online from 4-7 October. Using examples from the COP26 host city of Glasgow and across the UK, Carbon Crunch 2021: the pre-COP26 edition explored the roles and responsibilities for national policy and regulation, local decision-makers, and asset owners and operators to enable and accelerate our transition to a net-zero world.

Monday 4 October 12:00-13:00 BST

COP26 and infrastructure: accelerating change

Around 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions stem from infrastructure, so we need to bring forward ways to decarbonise new, and existing, infrastructure assets with urgency. During this opening session we focussed on what net-zero and COP26 means for stakeholders involved in delivering infrastructure globally, and heard from industry leaders on what is happening in the COP26 host nation, Scotland, to decarbonise its infrastructure.

Speakers included

Denise Bower, Executive director, external engagement, Mott MacDonald
Hannah Smith, Director, ICE Scotland
David Riley, Head of carbon neutrality, Anglian Water
Kit England, Green economy manager, Glasgow City Council

Tuesday 5 October 12:00-13:00 BST

Energy: navigating complexity at the decarbonisation nexus

Power sector decarbonisation has been a success story, however, with much deeper cuts still required and all other sectors reliant on the energy sector to address their own net-zero challenge, demands are changing. The energy transition is at the heart of decarbonisation across all sectors, and this session explored how players in the energy sector are responding.

Speakers included

Russell Fowler, Senior project manager for decarbonisation of transport, National Grid
Stefanos Anagnostopoulos, Commercial manager, Piclo
Joseph Devlin, Senior market analyst, Power NI / Energia

Wednesday 6 October 12:00-13:00 BST

Transport: responding to rapidly changing technologies, behaviours and energy needs

Achieving net-zero requires an overhaul of the way that transport infrastructure investments are evaluated, and the provision of energy and fuels to support decarbonised transport technologies creates new demands on the energy sector. This session highlighted how those responsible for planning and delivering new transport infrastructure are tackling these issues.

Speakers included

Leon Daniels, OBE, Vice president of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and member of DfT net zero transport board
Andrew Kluth, Lead carbon specialist, RSSB
Mairi Joyce, Project principal, Mott MacDonald

Thursday 7 October 12:00-13:00 BST

A net-zero built environment: tackling heat, retrofit and embodied carbon

Our built environment requires significant changes, foremost among these challenges is how to address energy efficiency in existing building stocks and rapidly switch to zero carbon heat. The embodied impacts of buildings are also coming under increasing focus, with designers and decision makers being required to evaluate and justify the capital carbon associated with developments. This session explored how estate operators and designers are adapting the way built environment projects are delivered to make them net-zero ready.

Speakers included

Andrew McMunnigall, Planning lead, Infrastructure Coordination Service at Greater London Authority
Ross Ramsay, Associate director (Net Zero), Scottish Futures Trust
Eszter Gulascy, Project principal, Mott MacDonald

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