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Global challenges and the role of geosynthetics


The British Geotechnical Association annual joint meeting with the UK Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society is to look at the role of geosynthetics in meeting the global challenges of climate change and the need for sustainable solutions.

Loughborough University professor of geotechnical engineering Neil Dixon will present the 16th Invitational Lecture on Global Challenges, Geosynthetic Solutions and Counting Carbon at the Institution of Civil Engineers on 18 October.

The planet is experiencing unprecedented change and there is a challenge to provide an acceptable standard of living for all without using up natural resources and causing irreparable damage to the climate. The new United Nations programme Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development came into effect in January 2016, and established 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

At the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, Paris, a global agreement was made to set a goal of limiting global warming to less than 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels. The agreement was made legally binding by countries in April 2016 and the new challenge is for nations to develop, disseminate and adopt practices that deliver sustainable development. Against this backdrop of international agreements and goals, the geosynthetics industry has the potential to play a prominent role in providing solutions that help to deliver the vision of global sustainable development.

The lecture will discuss the drivers for change in the way infrastructure is delivered and will challenge the geosynthetics industry to play a key role in reducing carbon emissions and dealing with the consequence of climate change. As an example, it will detail a framework for calculating embodied carbon of construction solutions that incorporate geosynthetics in comparison to other solutions, and highlight the common pitfalls of such analyses.

The meeting will be held on 18 October from 6pm at the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Register for the event online at: https://www.ice.org.uk/events/global-challenges-geosynthetic-solutions

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