December 2016

Infrastructure for a Low Carbon Planet

Organized by the APEGBC Victoria Branch and CSSE/EIC

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Date: Friday, December 2, 2016
Time: 11:30 AM-1:30 PM
Location: Oak Bay Recreation Centre - Sports View Lounge, 1975 Bee Street, Victoria, BC
Presenter: Dr. Christopher Kennedy, P.Eng., MASc
Professor and Chair, Civil Engineering, University of Victoria
Credit: 1 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: APEGBC Members and Guests: $25.00 + GST = $26.25
APEGBC Student Members: $10.00 + GST = $10.50
Contact: Victoria Branch
Email: [email protected]
Important Dates: Please register by November 30, 2016.
Please join the APEGBC Victoria Branch and Canadian Society of Senior Engineers for an informative presentation and Q&A. For more information on this event please click below.

Physical and financial interactions between infrastructures that support a virtuous cycle of low carbon growth are discussed. The infrastructure system that potentially produces low carbon growth has three interactions at its core: i) increased generation of low carbon electricity technically enables greening of buildings and transportation vehicles; ii) decreased demand for fossil fuels reduces the capital requirements for new infrastructure in these sectors; iii) this capital is alternatively invested in greening of the electricity sector, which decreases demands for coal.

The cost savings that make the cycle potentially economically viable occur with marine ports and railways sectors, where freed-up capacity is used to support growing global trade in components of green infrastructure. Example calculations are presented at the global scale and for China.


11:30 AM: Registration and Networking
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM: Buffet Lunch
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Presentation

About the Speaker

Chris Kennedy is Chair of the new Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Victoria. He conducts research on sustainable cities, urban metabolism, and the industrial ecology of sustainable global infrastructure systems. Holding qualifications in civil engineering, economics, and business, Chris has conducted work on sustainable infrastructure and cities for clients including: governments of Canada, China, Saudi Arabia, UAE, and the UK, as well as the World Bank, Ontario Ministry of Finance, and others.

In 2011/2012, he was seconded to the OECD in Paris, to work on Cities, Green Growth, and Policies for Encouraging Investment in Low Carbon Infrastructure. Chris has been a visiting professor at Oxford University and ETH Zürich. He is President of the International Society for Industrial Ecology, and author of  The Evolution of Great World Cities: Urban Wealth and Economic Growth.

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