D​​​​​​ubai, UAE: In a significant address at the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP28, CIBSE President, Adrian Catchpole is championing two critical themes - embodied carbon and climate resilience. His insights and calls for transformative action underline CIBSE's commitment to driving change in the built environment.

Adrian Catchpole will advocate for a paradigm shift in how carbon emissions are measured in buildings. He will underscore the urgency of focusing on embodied carbon and highlight CIBSE's pioneering work on the TM65 embodied carbon calculation methodology for building services. A notable announcement during COP28 includes the launch of a local addendum for the UAE.

TM65, a groundbreaking methodology, promotes transparency in the supply chain, enabling engineers and manufacturers to produce comparable carbon metrics consistently. Initially developed for the UK market, TM65 has garnered international interest, leading to adaptations for Australia, New Zealand, North America, and now the UAE/MENA region.

Adrian will delve into the theme of climate resilience, stressing the need to shift focus beyond decarbonisation. As leaders in the field, CIBSE will maintain a dual focus on achieving net-zero targets and evaluating the industry's adaptability to climate change. Adrian Catchpole will participate in a panel event within the COP28 Blue Zone, discussing the impact of decarbonisation on fostering health and wellbeing in green cities.

CIBSE, in collaboration with its members, industry stakeholders, and governments, continues to enhance performance standards, share knowledge, innovate, and deliver training and research. Starting January 2024, CIBSE mandates Continuing Professional Development (CPD) on sustainability and building safety, ensuring its members stay at the forefront of industry advancements.

Additionally, the newly launched CIBSE STEM Ambassador program connects professionals with schools and colleges, inspiring the next generation of engineers who will drive the net-zero agenda. In conjunction with Adrian Catchpole's participation in events, he will also be part of the CIBSE Awards, taking place on December 7th at Palazzo Versace Dubai that will recognize excellence in sustainability and innovation within the built environment.

About CIBSE -

CIBSE is a pioneer in responding to the threat of climate change. We support engineers in finding innovative ways to make buildings perform for individuals, the community and the planet. As a leading professional engineering institution, CIBSE has over 22,000 members across 95 countries. Our membership is diverse and comprises a broad range of specialisms. CIBSE consults the government on construction, engineering, and sustainability, providing the resources needed to meet net zero targets in the UK, Europe, and worldwide. We are committed to supporting engineers and the vital role they play in creating a safe, sustainable future.

Members belong to a global network of professional support and expertise. They receive the monthly CIBSE Journal and regular email newsletters, to keep them abreast of breaking news and new opportunities. A full programme of meetings and events each year offers hundreds of opportunities for members to meet and learn from colleagues and experts, to explore new ideas and take part in continuing professional development (CPD).

Student and Graduate members can benefit from bursaries to help pay tuition fees, and advice which is tailored to their specific needs, aimed at obtaining registered status in the shortest possible time.

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Lakshmi Ramarajan