#41 Crunch Time for Net Zero


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Last year the UK set a legally binding target to become carbon neutral by 2050, ahead of any other major global economy. In doing so it took the first ambitious steps on a massively difficult path, and the road to net zero requires a total overhaul of how infrastructure is designed, delivered and managed. In this episode we explore the journey that organisations are taking to reduce their emissions from switching to renewable energy, planting millions of trees, cutting down their operational carbon and forcing more action from supply chains.

This action can’t come too soon as the window for limiting human impact on the planet closes daily – something that is increasingly acknowledged around the world as flooding and fires wreak devastation.

  • Recorded at the Mott MacDonald Carbon Crunch event in London


Claire Brightley, Carbon Management Lead at Yorkshire Water

Adam Crossley, Director of Environment, Skanska

Mark Crouch, Carbon Management Lead, Mott MacDonald

Mark Edwards, Environment Manager, Heathrow Airport

Dr Jannick Giesekam, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds

Andrew Hall, Aviva Investors Infrastructure Debt team

Jenny Hill, Team Leader for Buildings and International Action, Committee on Climate Change

Episode Partner

Mott MacDonald: Opening opportunities with connected thinking.

Learn more about how to get to net zero here: Achieving net zero: the investor angle

Read about the UK’s first standard for low carbon design PAS 2080 here

Mott MacDonald is a US$2bn engineering, management and development consultancy involved in:

  • solving some of the world’s most urgent social, environmental and economic challenges
  • helping governments and businesses plan, deliver and sustain their strategic goals
  • responding to humanitarian and natural emergencies
  • improving people’s lives

Its expertise by sector includes buildings, communications, defence, education, environment, health, industry, mining, oil and gas, power, transport, urban development, water, wastewater and more. Its skills encompass planning, studies and design, project finance, technical advisory services, project and programme management, management consultancy and beyond

Additional resources

  • Skanska Net Zero 2045 report
  • Heathrow’s Expansion plan

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