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Carbon-critical design by Keith Clarke

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Atkins Chief Executive Keith Clarke believes that sustainability is the greatest advance in construction

We’re actually right on the cusp of the most revolutionary change the construction industry has seen. If you accept the prevailing conclusions of the scientific community and agree that use of fossil fuels is driving climate change and bringing the world to a tipping point, then we need urgent action. The construction sector is at the coal face of this.

Action will involve fundamental changes to the way we plan, design and procure capital projects. It will also mean rewriting the rulebook so that carbon is integral to construction projects. The question we must ask is no longer ‘Is it cost-efficient?’, but rather ‘Is it carbon-critical?’ This is carbon-critical design.

If that requirement is not factored in, then any new assets or infrastructure that we create will not be sustainable.

Keith Clarke is the Chief Executive of Atkins

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