COP 18 Report

In December 2012, the new Future Climate – Engineering Solutions (FC-ES) website was officially launched at a FC-ES side event at the Sheraton Hotel during COP18 in Doha, Qatar.

(From left to right: Rob Cooke, Saurev Dhakel, Andrew Picken, Fethi Thabet, Adam Poole, Daniel Kenning, Alex May, Chris May, Shalini Sharma)

Speakers from 6 different countries, including representatives from the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO), the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the British Council came together at the event, which was sponsored by Shell UK. The website was presented by a team from the Mayden Foundation.

Since the event, Tunisia has expressed an interest in participating in the project.

The main topics discussed were:

  • The Indian Energy and Climate Plan – presented by Dr Shalini Sharma, Chair Professor
  • The Institution of Engineers (India) and Head, Centre for Climate Change;
  • The UK Energy and Climate Plan – presented by Daniel Kenning, Fellow of the IMechE and founder of Splendid Engineering;
  • The DECC Pathways calculator and the global calculator – presented by Jan Kiso, Senior Policy Advisor, DECC;
  • The FC-ES website – Introduced by Chris May, founder and managing director of Mayden and
  • Mayden Foundation, and presented by Alex May; an Engineering student at Warwick University.
  • The role of WFEO and how it links to FC-ES – presented by Fethi Thabet, co-ordinator of WFEO-CEE
  • The work of the Engineering and Agriculture Task Group.

A video interview with Daniel Kenning on Energy planning is available here
News coverage of FC-ES at COP18 can be found 

COP 18

UN Climate Change Conference COP18 | CMP8

We will be attending the UN conference on climate change in Doha, Qatar this year. Our aim is to further expand the group of participants in the project and to showcase this website which is replacing the old one. A report on the events will be published here upon our return.

More information on the conference can be found by clicking on the above COP18 logo.

Progress Report August – September 2012

Summary of August and September 2012:

-Russia has joined the FC-ES network with representatives from the Union of Scientific and Engineering Associations and the Moscow State University Civil Engineering Department

-Representatives from South Africa and Cyprus have joined the project

-A prototype website has been developed and is undergoing an initial review

Progress Report July 2012

Summary of July 2012:

-There are now engineering associations from 23 countries involved in the project

-Work on the new website has commenced

-Formation of the FC-ES steering group (can be found on the FC-ES team tab above)

-There are plans to attend COP18.

Progress Report March – June 2012

Summary of March to June 2012:

-A new international working group for FC-ES has been formed including: Daniel Kenning, Chair of Energy, Environment and Sustainability Group within the IMechE and Paul Jowitt, ex-President of the Institute of Civil Engineers.

-Infrastructure has been set up with the hope of satisfying administration needs online.

-Updates from each country have been requested along with any new data they may have obtained.

-Links with Canada have been established and negotiations with Russia are being planned.

-The World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) has agreed to support FC-ES

Progress Report February 2012

Summary of February 2012:

-The FC-ES infrastructure is being developed, ideally so that each country nominates a liaison who represents all members within that country to the FC-ES coordinator (currently Alison Cooke).

-Dr Alison Cooke attended a post COP17 panel discussion at Cambridge University do discuss FC-ES’s presence at COP17, a link to this can be found here: Post Durban Panel Discussion

Progress Report January 2012

Summary of January 2012:

-Interest in FC-ES has been expressed by the following countries: Chile, Croatia, US and African states.

-Discussions about developing new national energy and climate plans are being held with Japan and China. Potential funding sources have been identified.

-DECC has released Pathways to 2050: an interactive calculator developed to create different approaches towards emission reductions in the UK. Link to Calculator

-Development of a Phase 3 framework has begun.