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RIBA enters alliance over climate change

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Three construction industry figureheads have thrown their weight behind a global push to tackle climate change problems.

The leaders - from the architecture and engineering professions - have welcomed recent decisions made by UK enterprise at the World Economic Forum to back a 60 per cent reduction in CO 2emissions by 2050.

RIBA president George Ferguson, Institution of Civil Engineers president Colin Clinton and Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers president Donald Leeper have backed proposals to minimise costs while tackling climate change.

In a joint statement released yesterday, the three figures backed the production of an inclusive climate change policy and expressed support for the development of a world-leading climate change framework.

The organisation leaders also pledged support for action for climate change from UK businesses, and to dramatically scaling up investment in low-carbon technology in the UK.

Ferguson, Clinton and Leeper's statement read: 'As professional institutions in the built environment, our Royal Charters make it our prime duty to serve the public good.

'Operating in an industry that produces 50 per cent of all CO 2, plus other emissions, we have been active in response to climate change and thus welcome the position taken by leaders of major UK-based companies and their counterparts in the World Economic Forum, who hold that the 2050 60 per cent CO 2reduction target, proposed by the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, is both necessary and unlikely to be achieved unless greater action is taken.'

The trio also pledged to increase the support for action on climate change from among their members and supporting companies. They also expressed their intention to work with industry to integrate new low-carbon techniques and technologies with existing standards and guidance.

by Rob Sharp

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