'Time to move beyond rhetoric on climate change'
Manama, March 22, 2012
Combating climate change requires a massive transformation of our infrastructure networks, in particular the urgent decarbonisation of energy generation, said a senior executive.
“It’s imperative that we move beyond the rhetoric and into a new results-driven era with urgency. If we don’t act now we risk seriously jeopardising our future quality of life,” warned Atkins’ Middle East chairman and former chief executive Keith Clarke.
Clarke was delivering his Brunel International Lecture in Bahrain on behalf of the UK’s Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). The lecture was held under the patronage of the Minister of Energy, Dr Abdul-Hussain bin Ali Mirza, and supported by the Bahrain Society of Engineers.
The lecture, entitled “Beyond rhetoric – delivering a low carbon society”, set out Clarke’s views on the challenges of tackling climate change from the point of view of the engineering design sector.
Keith Clarke is an environmental champion and was responsible for overseeing the development of Carbon Critical Design as part of Atkins' response to climate change. Atkins is one of the world’s largest engineering and design consultancy.
His contribution to the engineering and construction industry was formally recognised with his inclusion in the UK New Year’s Honours List 2011, when he was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“Engineers have been devising theories and planning for the shift to a low-carbon society for several years now, but the time is up – we must now put the theory into practice. We have to shift the focus from intellectualisation and hypothesising to action and delivering results, and this must be driven from within industry,” he said.
The Brunel Lecture Series was established by the ICE in 1999 in memory of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, one of the world’s most respected pioneering engineers. Keith Clarke began his two-year term as the Brunel lecturer in May 2010. – TradeArabia News Service