Canada and the UK have both set out a legally binding commitment that requires both countries to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Not only is this being positioned as a measure to protect the environment, but it also presents opportunities for economic growth and jobs. For both countries infrastructure was placed at the heart of that journey as a major emitter and enabler of change. The Infrastructure Lab has hosted a series of roundtables to explore Canadian and U.K. commitments to achieving net-zero emissions across transit, cities and infrastructure.
Cities around the world are responsible for 70 percent of carbon emissions and are significantly impacted by the effects of climate change. The additional infrastructure costs for climate change mitigation and adaptation are anticipated to continue to rise as towns and cities continue to grapple with the impacts.