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Engineers in pledge over energy.

ENGINEERS hope to draw up an action plan which aims to help poor countries fight disease.

The first stage gets under way today when three leading international civil engineering organisations sign a protocol in London to demonstrate their profession's commitment to tackle worldwide climate change and global poverty.

The Institution of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering are backing the "Engineering: A Sustainable Future for the Planet" protocol, which will produce a plan to deliver and maintain vital infrastructure in a more environmentally friendly and financially sound way in the future.

Paul Jowitt, ICE Vice-President, said: "Engineers play an essential role in building and managing crucial worldwide water and energy infrastructure, the lifeblood of our planet.

"However, we are consuming the earth's natural resources beyond its ability to regenerate them - this has to stop. We need to inspire future Brunels to deliver projects in a more sustainable way."

The agreement will aim for the three bodies to produce an action plan each to:

Provide clean water.

Reduce carbon dioxide emissions when delivering water, waste and energy projects.

Reduce the use of finite fossil fuels used on major projects.

The ICE has agreed to produce its action plan by the end of 2006.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 4, 2006
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