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13 the development of a carbon measurement and management in economic infrastructure publicly available specification (PAS), and the Low Carbon Construction Routemap. In April 2015 the CIRIA network discussed carbon reduction and management in infrastructure projects with delegates from across infrastructure sectors to share good practice and discuss case studies that have delivered proven carbon savings. Following two successful events, CIRIA will be continuing to work in this area, discussing industry experiences and promoting specific tasks and work areas. The UN Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris in December 2015 has brought renewed focus to the climate change agenda, as the effects of extreme weather continue to affect the built environment, and national economic infrastructure in particular. Investment into research and innovation in this area over the past few years is beginning to come to fruition, with various major research programmes and academic projects producing outputs and looking to industry to take the next steps to use and embed this information, innovations and research into business practice. Planning for resilience and future-proofing infrastructure assets CIRIA’s National Infrastructure Client Leadership Group and associated activities will be considering extreme weather events, the impacts on infrastructure systems, and the role of technology in future cities and infrastructure. In autumn 2015, the CIRIA network will hold a panel discussion on Planning for resilience and future-proofing infrastructure assets to examine approaches to reducing the vulnerability of infrastructure, including the design of resilient infrastructure and retrofitting or future proofing existing infrastructure. With an increasing number of high level policies and strategies to consider each year, one of the biggest challenges remains the communication of actions, research and information, and its dissemination to the right people. The CIRIA network continues to offer an engaging platform to develop and share knowledge about specific topics relevant to construction and the built environment. Following a busy start to 2015, the network plans to continue expanding and diversifying its programme with a range of events including responsible sourcing in construction, urban ecology, infrastructure data technologies and BIM, future cities, Lean construction, carbon reduction and climate change. Member organisations interested in taking part in the CIRIA network programme either by providing speakers or hosting an event, should contact Ruth Hynes, CIRIA network manager: ruth.hynes@ciria.org or tel: +44 (0) 20 7549 3300 References CABINET OFFICE (2014) New models of construction procurement: http://tinyurl.com/md473p8 GCB (2013) Low carbon routemap for the UK built environment: http:// tinyurl.com/qatcjc2 HM GOVERNMENT (2013) Construction 2025: http://tinyurl.com/ nhyttkp HM TREASURY (2013) Infrastructure carbon review: http://tinyurl.com/ q98985d NERC (2015) Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme: www.nerc.ac.uk/innovation/activities/ infrastructure/envrisks Website links Adaptation and Resilience in the Context of Change Network (ARCC): www.arcc-network.org.uk/ Construction 2025 Leadership Council: https://www.gov.uk/ government/groups/construction-leadership- council Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC): https:// www.epsrc.ac.uk/ iBuild: https://research.ncl.ac.uk/ibuild/ Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC): www.itrc.org.uk/ International Centre of Infrastructure Futures (ICIF): www.icif.ac.uk/index. html National Infrastructure Client Leadership Group: http://tinyurl.com/ q588j66 UN Climate Change Conference 2015: www.cop21.gouv.fr/en


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