Climate emergency conference 2021: Next big steps

Author: Penny Gowler and Mike Sefton

Date published

18 November 2021

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Climate emergency conference 2021: Next big steps


Penny Gowler and Mike Sefton

Date published

18 November 2021


Penny Gowler and Mike Sefton



Understand how engineers can and are shaping the future of climate change: part 5 of 5.

COP 26 bought everyone’s attention on to the increasing threat of climate change. At our Climate emergency conference, we looked at the progress made by the Institution as engineers work towards the climate goals of 2050. Watch this series of videos to find out more.
This recording focuses on the next big steps. Watch to find out more on:

  • The engineer’s role in normalising the circular economy
  • The holistic value of sustainable design beyond finance
  • Where we will be in 5, 15, 30 years’ time

Reasons to watch:

  • Gain an understanding of the increasingly ambitious environment of legislation on zero carbon initiatives
  • Discover new ideas to implement into your projects to reduce the amount of carbon
  • Evaluate how much impact you can have in shaping the future of sustainable structural engineering

Who should view:

All engineers of any level looking to understand more about their professional role in combatting climate change.


Penny Gowler is an Associate Director at Elliott Wood with over 15 years’ structural engineering experience and an interest in the sustainable refurbishment of existing buildings. As sustainability lead, Penny is instrumental in embedding embodied carbon analysis across Elliott Wood projects. She is passionate about low carbon design and circular economy principles and aims to drive structural engineering projects towards a lower carbon circular economy approach.

Mike Sefton is an Associate Innovation Engineer with Expedition Engineering where his work focusses on reducing the environmental impact of the construction industry. This current forward-thinking role draws on the wide structural design experience he gained through working on award-winning international projects during his career with Buro Happold. Former projects include the London 2012 Water Polo Arena and the transformation of the London Olympic Stadium. He is a member of the Institution’s climate emergency task group.


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