What are the priorities for the transport sector as we enter a period for tackling climate change?


The world is in a state of flux socially, technologically, economically, environmentally and politically. What lies ahead over the next decade in relation to climate change? What does this mean for professionals and organisations in the highways and transportation sector?

CIHT CLIMATES is a new initiative by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) that is exploring these scenarios and will provide a series of practical recommendations to enable the sector to make genuine change.

Led by CIHT President Professor Glenn Lyons and sponsored by Mott MacDonald, CIHT CLIMATES will: 

  • better equip professionals to determine their priorities and actions in the present in the face of future climates change possibilities
  • give CIHT members a greater voice to inform how the Institution champions its climate action theme

Professor Glenn Lyons, President, CIHT said:“Climate Action is one of the core themes of CIHT and we want to provide a hands-on opportunity for professionals to engage.”

“CIHT CLIMATES promises to be an exciting initiative, providing a means for people to play their part in shaping the future of our sector. CIHT CLIMATES will give transportation professionals the chance to consider what climate change in the future means for our actions in the present.” 

Annette Smith, Mott MacDonald’s, Head of Future Mobility said: “CIHT CLIMATES is a rally call to the highways and transport industry to come together to identify the actions needed to address climate change. At Mott MacDonald we view everything through a climate lens; it is core to our operations and our projects. We are therefore delighted to be playing a leading role in this transformative CIHT initiative.”

Changing Landscapes for Infrastructure and Mobility: Assessing Transport and Environment ScenariosCIHT CLIMATES will provide a great way to learn from fellow professionals and facilitate open debate. The initiative will include a series of one-day face-to-face workshops held around the UK, online engagement sessions and a survey of highways and transportation professionals. The project will publish its findings and recommendations in Spring/Summer 2025.

Attending one of the workshops will provide an excellent day of training in futures and foresight methods and help shape the future Climate Action of the sector. 

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