Engineering firms call on PM to implement carbon reduction plan

New Civil Engineer | June 03, 2019

More than 100 UK companies have signed an open letter to prime minister Theresa May urging her to commit the UK to a net-zero emissions target for 2050. Contractors, consultants, and other firms across the construction and engineering sector signed the letter. They include: Amey, Arup, Cundall, Drax, Mott MacDonald, Multiplex, the Nuclear Industry Assocation, Ramboll, Scottish Renewables, Skanska, United Utilities, Willmott Dixon, and WSP. The letter urges May, now in the last days of her premiership, to immediately push through legislation that would bind the UK to a commitment to slash carbon outputs to zero by 2050. Recommendations to step up the commitment to a zero-carbon approach were made in the Committee on Climate Change’s recently published Net Zero report. It calls for all sources of carbon pollution in the UK to be eradicated by 2050, with those that cannot be removed offset with carbon removal from the atmosphere.

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The Shaw Group | December 24, 2021

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Newmark Arranges Acquisition and Construction Loan for 111 Wall Street on Behalf of Nightingale Properties and Wafra Capital Partners

Newmark | June 15, 2021

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