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Atkins is partnering with the global climate change group, Connect4Climate to help spread international awareness and promote effective planning and design to mitigate risk, focused on our Future Proofing Cities initiative.

Connect4Climate, launched by the World Bank and the Italian Ministry of Environment, is an international community that takes on climate change by promoting solutions and empowering people to act. Atkins will join with Connect4Climate as a Knowledge Partner to provide integrated expertise in a wide range of planning, building and infrastructure disciplines.

Mark Hewlett, Atkins’ senior associate for low carbon & sustainability in Asia Pacific, said: “I’m pleased to see this new partnership as part of the ongoing evolution of our Future Proofing Cities (FPC) initiative. Last year, we formally introduced FPC in China through the release of the Eco-Low Carbon (ELC) Urban Planning Methodology, which provides clear, practical, step-by-step guidance for ELC urban planning based on international best practice tailored for Chinese urban planners. The methodology was timely and well received given China’s aspiration for a new type of urbanisation, as set out in the National New Urbanisation Plan (2014-2020).”

“Being the only large multi-disciplinary consultancy to partner with Connect4Climate, I firmly believe that Atkins’ FPC approach will play a key role in providing practical and industry developed advice for integrated sustainable urban planning.”

The New Cities Foundation and Connect4Climate have initiated the competition “Jakarta Urban Challenge” to encourage young innovators to summit their ideas to help improve mobility and traffic problems in Jakarta – one of the world’s most congested cities.

As a Connect4Climate knowledge partner, Atkins’ subject matter experts on FPC approach will provide mentorship to the top-placed candidates of the competition, aiming to equip the climate change advocates with practical knowledge and valuable industry insights.

“Working with Atkins on The Jakarta Urban Challenge is a great way to begin what I’m sure will be a long and productive relationship,” said Lucia Grenna, program manager of Connect4Climate. “The depth of knowledge and experience Atkins offers in the sustainable urban planning field will prove invaluable to Connect4Climate and our 230 partners around the world.”


For more information:

Christina Zhuang
Communications manager, Asia Pacific
Tel: +852 2972 1558 / Fax: +852 2890 6343

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