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Engineers doing it for climate change

Various leading engineering and sciences companies gathered together on 8th December at the Poznan Communiqué on Climate Change ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Poland, to discuss climate change’s impact on the economy.

“Climate change poses global social, environmental and economic risks and demands a transformational change in how we manage our global economy,” said a spokesperson for the Communiqué.

“We must deliver deep and rapid cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. Any credible comprehensive agreement must include mechanisms to reduce tropical deforestation.”

The delegates involved in the conference agreed that the overall targets for emissions reduction must be guided by science. Also, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said that even an immediate peaking in global emissions would require a subsequent reduction of 50-85 per cent by 2050.

Engineering, sciences and project delivery company SKM (Sinclair Knight Merz) attended the conference, as a company involved in reducing emissions.

According to SKM CEO, Paul Dougas, his company made a commitment in 2007 to reduce its emissions output by 30 per cent per year by 2011.

“Survey feedback tells us that our people are very keen to support this objective. Achieving these stretch targets will require a combination of behaviour change and some significant infrastructure and operational changes,” he said.

“We also know that we can make the greatest impact in the delivery of sustainability principles through major projects around the world. We will continue to work alongside our clients in response to the challenges of adapting to climate change and other issues that are becoming increasingly evident.

“Our clients still want to respond to these challenges and I know that we have the will and the skill to deliver the edge that will ensure clients achieve outstanding success.”

SKM provides project management and planning solutions for the industrial, infrastructure, mining, metals, water, power, and security industries.

Contact SKM’s local office on 2 9928 2100 or visit

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