CCC Summit: “To drive low-carbon infrastructure we need collaboration which means we need to have integrated supply chains”

Summarising the CCC Summit ‘The Road to Carbon Neutral Infrastructure’ held in Gothenburg 19 June, conference moderator Dr Paul Toyne said the keys are collaboration and integrated supply chains.

“What we need is collaboration, and that means we need to have integrated supply chains so we all understand what we are trying to achieve and we know our role in trying to deliver that.

“And when you get that integration and embedding these principles into the disfunctions, you then get the benefits in the most cost-effective and time-efficient way to achieve tangible benefits.“

Discussing the importance of international industry events such as the CCC Summit he stressed that it is about taking action to mobilise.

“It’s about ensuring we have clarity about the activities and what we need, and that we have the right people collaborating, and that we use intelligent procurement strategies to deliver that.

“And we need to benchmark and measure our progress and feed that back into the system. And then drive more change and performance.”

Sweden leads by example

Concluding the CCC Summit, Paul Toyne expressed his optimism about the way things are developing, particularly regarding the leading example being set by Sweden.

“When I look at what is happening in Sweden now, how we have political will with the Climate Change Act, and there is a Roadmap for delivering carbon-neutral infrastructure. We may not have all the answers but we have action plans to do that. And there is a high level of commitment by the sector to want to solve these problems.”

Toyne pointed to the important role of the CCC Summit in driving low-carbon construction:

“We have provided an opportunity for people to talk about the important things that matter for this sector to drive low carbon infrastructure. We have created an opportunity to inspire, have the right conversations. And yes we have still probably got questions that we need to answer. At least we have exposed them.

“As a result that is very positive because people will take back these ideas and will start to think about how to answer these questions.”

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Full interview with CCC Moderator Dr Paul Toyne.

What for you were the key issues from Summit?
Today there are a number of keys issues and to me it’s about taking action to mobilise.

So it’s about ensuring we have clarity about the activities and what we need, and that we have the right people collaborating, and that we use intelligent procurement strategies to deliver that. That was really key. And that we need to benchmark and measure our progress and feed that back into the system. And then drive more change and performance.

What messages will you be taking home?
I am going to be taking home a message of optimism.

So that when I look at what is happening in Sweden now, how we have political will with the Climate Change Act, there is a Roadmap for delivering carbon-neutral infrastructure. We may not have all the answers but we have action plans to do that. And there is a high level of commitment by the sector to want to solve these problems.

So I am positive. My message is one of hope and I am looking forward to seeing how progress is delivered over time.

What is a successful conference?
My role at the conference was as moderator so it is very important for me that the audience tells me whether I have achieved a few things or the conference have.

What we set out to do today was for the audience to learn something new, we also wanted them to have an international perspective. We also wanted them to have some inspiration and to think what they could take back to their organisations or business and do differently to drive that change. And finally how they can increase their contacts , their business networks, to collaborate and deliver change as well .

And what was really great for me was that it was a very positive response to all those criteria. So I am very pleased that we have had a very successful conference for those reasons.

How do you assess the progress of the CCC project?
What have we achieved today at this latest CCC Summit?

We have provided an opportunity for people to talk about the important things that matter for this sector to drive low carbon infrastructure. We have created an opportunity to inspire, have the right conversations. And yes we have still probably got questions that we need to answer. At least we have exposed them. As a result that is very positive because people will take back these ideas and will start to think about how to answer these questions. 

How important is it to strive towards integrated supply chains?
When you look at trying to drive carbon-neutral infrastructure what you recognize is that there is no one easy answer, there is no one easy solution. You can’t expect just one aspect of the sector to deal with it, like the client group.

What we need is collaboration and that means we need to have integrated supply chains so we all understand what we are trying to achieve and we know our role in trying to deliver that.

And when you get that integration and embedding these principles into the disfunctions, you then get the benefits in the most cost-effective and time-efficient way to achieve tangible benefits.

 

 

July 4, 2018
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