Coffee Break Workshop on Carbon Management Guidance

The first NICE Coffee Break Workshop (CBW) was held on February 14th (11:00 – 12:00 UK) over Zoom. Lewis Barlow – WSP Technical Director on decarbonisation, sustainability and climate change – will present on the topic “Scottish City Region and Growth Deals: carbon management guidance for projects and programmes” following up on his consultant work with the Scottish Government.


The Scottish Government has committed £1.9 billion to 12 City-Region and Growth Deals, encompassing the whole of Scotland. These Deals empower regional partners to support long-term, sustainable economic growth across a range of themes including innovation, tourism and culture, housing and transport. The Deals comprise 200 mostly capital projects, delivered with local authorities and other regional partners including higher and further education, enterprise agencies and the voluntary and private sectors. Co-funding is provided by regional partners and the UK Government, bringing the total investment across Scotland to £5 billion.

The Deals provide the ideal mechanism to develop new carbon management requirements to ensure that all projects – from new buildings to improved infrastructure – are designed, constructed and operated in accordance with Scotland’s Climate Change Plan. This CBW will discuss the Scottish Government’s Deals approach, which recognises the variability in whole-life carbon management services across all sectors, and includes ongoing training and support for all stakeholders to ensure a successful “Net Zero Test”.


Lewis Barlow provides expert advice on whole-life decarbonisation for local authorities, developers and governments at the highest level. He is recognised internationally for his skills and experience in reducing carbon on major construction projects. He wrote and presents the ICE’s Carbon Management in Infrastructure course and is also skilled in the application of climate change projections to ensure project resilience. Lewis works closely with design teams to ensure that carbon and cost reduction opportunities are understood and pursued wherever possible. His work on the relationship between reducing carbon and reducing cost is recognised as being of international significance. Lewis applies his carbon reduction expertise to infrastructure projects and programmes to ensure that they are designed, constructed and operated so that carbon is minimised. This process has the additional benefits of reducing cost, adding value and driving innovation.


The recording of the presentation can be viewed on the EPRC’s YouTube page here.

Future NICE CBWs will include experts from academia, policy, industry and other organisations, with the aim of sharing knowledge on the just transition.

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