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03 Dec 2009 08:12:11

Engineers to 'prepare environment for climate change'



Engineers to 'prepare environment for climate change'
Environment secretary Hilary Benn is calling on the engineering sector to help protect Britain's environment against climate change.

Speaking at the joint Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and Engineering the Future conference, Mr Benn urged the industry to lead the way forward in the global battle.

The minister explained that engineers could help with everything from building cleaner energy power plants to greener transportation networks.

He said: "The floods of last month, and the collapse of bridges, show us how much a resilient infrastructure matters. Protecting ourselves against negative impacts and also taking advantage of the benefits of a changing climate is all part of building Britain's future.

"The UK's engineering sector is vital to tackling this challenge and is well-placed lead in designing and engineering climate resilient and low carbon infrastructure for global markets, as well as the UK."

Leading industry specialists came together at the conference, which was held on Tuesday (December 1st), to identify how the sector could help adapt the nation's environment to cope with a changing climate.

Mr Benn's comments come just days ahead of the crucial climate change summit in Copenhagen.

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