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10th Carbon Crunch

A systems approach to climate change: reduction and resilience

18 October 2022
Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, London

We’re excited to announce some of our line-up for Carbon Crunch 2022, this year focusing on both aspects of the climate challenge – carbon reduction and resilience – and exploring the need for a systems approach.

Carbon Crunch was launched in 2013 to encourage and enable infrastructure decarbonisation. This year we are addressing climate resilience too, with contributions from some of the industry’s leading organisations. As well as hearing from those at the forefront of carbon management and adaptation, there will be opportunities for discussion, Q&A and networking. Read our pre-event publication.


10.00-12.45 A systems approach to carbon reduction 

Maria Manidaki and Heleni Pantelidou

Lead authors for the revision to PAS 2080, the international standard for
managing carbon in the built environment

Adam Crossley

Director of environment, Skanska

Cathy Travers

Managing director, Mott MacDonald

Giorgia Albieri

Head of infrastructure carbon, infrastructure, efficiency and engineering,
Department for Transport

13.30-16.00 A systems approach to carbon resilience

Emma Howard Boyd CBE

Co-chair, Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment (CCRI)

Richard Thorp

Engineering director, HS1

Carlos Sanchez

Executive director, Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment

Sarah Hayes

Strategic engagement lead of CReDo, Connected Places Catapult

Our Carbon Crunch journey so far...


The Infrastructure Carbon Review sets out 10 recommendations for reducing carbon in infrastructure, encompassing leadership, communication and culture, metrics and governance, commercial solutions, innovation and standards.

The Infrastructure Carbon Review identifies the link between reductions in carbon and reductions in cost, and proposes strategies to bring both carbon and cost down simultaneously when constructing, operating and maintaining infrastructure.”

Mark Enzer
Infrastructure Carbon Review lead author
Strategic advisor, Mott MacDonald


We have set big, hairy, audacious goals that can only be attained by pursuing long-term collaborative relationships throughout our supply chain.”

Jason Tucker
Head of capital delivery and supply chain management, Anglian Water

National Grid makes the use of a Carbon Interface Toolkit (CIT) compulsory on all its projects; qualification to tender for National Grid contracts now requires measurement of carbon using the CIT.


Too many asset owners feel they need to steer their carbon-cutting journeys themselves: out of more than 15,000 customers, only a handful make a point of asking how we can provide lower carbon solutions.”

Andrew Swain
Senior Manager, sustainability, Tarmac

Mott MacDonald launches the Carbon Portal, the first carbon calculator to directly measure the capital and operational carbon footprint of BIM-designed assets.

December 2015 The Paris Agreement is struck at COP21. World leaders of 195 countries agree to substantially reduce global greenhouse gas emissions to limit the global temperature increase in this century to 2C while pursuing efforts to limit the increase to 1.5C.


In May 2016 PAS 2080, the international standard for managing infrastructure carbon, is launched.

The BSI’s 2080 standard will provide much needed guidance to help all asset owners make the most of carbon management. For most, complying with PAS 2080 will lead to a complete rethink of ‘business as usual’. But as always, it will be businesses at the vanguard of change which reap the rewards.”

Scott Steedman
Director of Standards, BSI


Productivity and sustainability are inextricably linked. There is a gap between how we boost productivity, and how being more efficient can produce a more sustainable outcome.”

Keith Waller
senior advisor, Infrastructure & Projects Authority

The UK government publishes its Clean Growth Strategy, setting out policies and proposals to deliver increased economic growth and decreased emissions. Plans include greenhouse gas removal technologies, improving the energy efficiency of homes and ending the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040.


The UK’s third carbon budget (2018-22) starts, with the target of reducing emissions to 37% of 1990 levels.

There’s no question that we’re able to minimise the rise in global temperature – and that we can afford it. The main barrier is political will.”

Chris Stark
Chief executive, Committee on Climate Change


The UK Net-Zero Infrastructure Industry Coalition is formed, a network of prominent public and private infrastructure businesses and academic institutions who are committed to achieving net-zero. Mott MacDonald is a founding member.

June 2019 The UK government legally commits to cut national greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050.

The technologies needed to deliver net-zero are already known and understood, and the cost of key ones is already falling. That means that net-zero can be achieved for the same cost as originally estimated for the previous goal, which was to reduce the UK’s emissions by 80% measured against a 1990 baseline.”

Jenny Hill
Head of buildings, industry and bioenergy, Committee on Climate Change


The coronavirus pandemic sees carbon emissions across the developed world drop to low levels amid lockdowns, reduced international travel and disruptions to industry. The effect is short lived, with emissions rebounding within the year.

While the world’s attention has been rightly engaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, the imperative to reduce carbon emissions and address the mounting challenge of climate change has not gone away. In fact, the pandemic has further emphasised that we can’t take our natural systems for granted, and that ‘business as usual’ is simply not an option for us.”

Mike Haigh
Executive chair. Mott MacDonald


The only way to solve a two-sided market problem is to tackle both supply and demand at the same time. By unleashing the power of partnerships, we can take sustainability as far as possible and compound our impact on climate change.”

Joe Devlin
Senior analyst, power NI

November 2021: COP26 is held in Glasgow. Countries are obliged to submit or update their plans for reducing carbon emissions in line with the targets set in the Paris Agreement.


Carbon Crunch 2022 addresses resilience alongside carbon reduction, recognising the urgent need for an integrated approach to climate change.
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10th Carbon Crunch

A systems approach to climate change: reduction and resilience

18 October 2022
Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, London

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