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i3P Carbon Conference 2019: Report now available


Last month, i3P hosted its first Carbon Conference – aiming to shape our industry carbon reduction programme through innovation and collaboration.

Supported by Volvo’s Construction Climate Challenge (CCC), the day brought leading organisations together, from clients and the supply chain in the infrastructure sector, to agree on the priorities for innovation that will reduce carbon impact.

All presentations from the event can be found here.


Carbon Conference Report

Paul Morris, on behalf of i3P and KTN, has put together an event summary & report for those who missed out on this event & would like to find out more about i3P and it’s first annual Carbon Conference:


Infrastructure Industry Innovation Partnership (i3P)

Launched in October 2016, the Infrastructure Industry Innovation Partnership (i3P) is an independent innovation community governed by representatives from its member organisations. Membership is open to clients (currently major infrastructure projects and construction programmes) and their supply chains (Tier 1 contractors and consultants) across the infrastructure industry.

As a primary driver for innovation in the UK infrastructure industry, i3P will help transform ideas into opportunities and practical solutions; providing a mechanism for strategically directing innovation to address the major challenges facing the infrastructure industry.




One Response to “i3P Carbon Conference 2019: Report now available”

  1. And now for the hard work! The scientific consensus suggests we have about 10 years to fix our addiction to burning fossil fuels to avoid breaching the 2 degree global warming ‘tipping point’.
    Now think ten years back; how we designed, built and operated infrastructure assets in 2010. Has much changed? Really!? Armies of skilled and semi-skilled labour responsible for digging holes with mechanised plant powered by diesel, virgin timbers used for shuttering, rebar bending and welding, pouring concrete in situ, cranes in sync with endless deliveries of raw materials, cable pulling, plasterboarding, wet tiling, cladding etc before handing over to a client who hands over to a 3rd party operator…. Much of these activities are sadly still recognised in 2019 (maybe add the odd drone, smartphone or tablet for context 🙂 Let’s be honest with ourselves, we’ve made huge progress in quality, sustainability and safety and yes taken ‘carbon’ seriously, but we’ve not (yet) fully integrated life-cycle carbon effectively nor ‘industrialised’ the design/delivery process. Why are tried and tested innovations still on the ‘options list’ for new projects, including ground heat source piles (proved by Cambridge University almost 8 years ago at Crossrail), the tunnel energy recovery segments (again, Crossrail), the cement free / self healing concretes (Crossrail, Tideway, Highways England), the solar panel roof of Blackfriars Station (Network Rail)? Is this because of cost, complexity, risk or a mix of the 3? Climate change doesn’t discriminate! Future generations will suffer if we don’t start to take difficult decisions (as Mark Thurston states; ‘the right thing to do’ must take priority).
    I’m hugely proud of the project I was part of ten years ago working for Mark (@ London 2012) and to have led development of digital engineering standards (as a Town Planner equipped with my own iPad 1st gen!) – and subsequently the efforts of Crossrail and Tideway to lead by example and innovate driven by Andy Mitchell, but in the words of the Carbon Trust, ‘where are the fast followers’? We need to raise the bar across industry to develop infrastructure fit for the 22nd century (including climate change proofing as required). Even in 2019 BIM is still a hard sell to our supply chain!! I’m sorry but in such a complex, transactional industry, that’s crazy and must now be mandated on all projects to drive collaboration. I’m writing this on an iPad Pro, which compared with iPad 1st gen is lightyears ahead in terms of performance. Infrastructure in 2030 must do likewise.
    Thankfully via i3P, we have the passion, creativity and industry ‘clout’ to disrupt the entire sector in collaboration with our professional institutions, regulators, investors and academics. As a futurist / optimist I believe technology via scientific research and development will solve our challenges however as an industry we need to ‘scale-up’ innovations much more quickly, use AI data-driven lifecycle digital design simulations (rather than rely on outdated engineering standards /material specifications), use DfMA methodologies on an industrial scale and capture and share benefits to inspire all stakeholders to demand low carbon infrastructure.
    With Phil Wilbraham and Mark’s i3P leadership, I’m confident we can do this (many of the integrated solutions already exist and are mature technologies), but fellow innovators, please don’t allow me to write this article in 2029 as I fear it may be too late. We have been warned and this is our time. Infrastructure must digitise, industrialise and embrace ‘design, build operate’ models to drive collaboration for productivity, quality, safety and lifecycle value for sustainability.
    Challenge Accepted!

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