The Infrastructure Industry’s Role in Safeguarding the Environment and the People

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The Infrastructure Industry’s Role in Safeguarding the Environment and the People

The article “Climate change is killing the poor, but the infrastructure sector can stop this” highlights the role of the infrastructure industry and construction to safeguard the environment.

Keith Clarke, chair of the Forum for the Future, during his keynote speech at the Bentley Year in Infrastructure conference in Singapore stressed the crucial role of the infrastructure industry to curb emissions to address climate change.

Clarke said that population growth would open massive opportunities for the infrastructure industry, but despite this, 700 million people in the world remain poor. He stressed that infrastructure plays a part in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and “fundamental to solving inequality and poverty in the world”. And this should be an essential thing for the industry (Walker, 2019).

He says that climate change issues should be part of the construction business, and business as usual practice will make global warming a reality which can be detrimental to the poor.

Infrastructure should not only adapt but do climate mitigation as well, it needs to be transformational and needs to curb global warming by designing and building for net-zero carbon, Clarke adds.

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Source citation:

Walker, A. (2019, October 24). “Climate change is killing the poor, but the infrastructure can stop this.” Infrastructure Intelligence. Retrieved from http://www.infrastructure-intelligence.com/article/oct-2019/%E2%80%9Cclimate-change-killing-poor-infrastructure-sector-can-stop-this%E2%80

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