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New CIHT President emphasises the need to take Climate Action in first address

24 June 2022/Categories: Industry News

The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) has elected Neil Johnstone as its new President for 2022 / 23. 
In a digital address CIHT’s new president called for a need for all transportation professionals to ‘take personal steps and help take action against climate change’.

Neil Johnstone, President, CIHT said: 

“Our new ways of working, and indeed living, are now embedded in our day-to-day lives. This great period of change has seen us embrace new technologies, work smarter and be prepared to try new things. This has presented CIHT with a great opportunity to use this new acceptance of change to continue to expand the support we give our members.”

“Managed change has to be a better form of Climate Action than reacting to catastrophic change. We need to do things differently (using change management principles) to rise to the challenge of Net Zero and the decarbonisation of the transport industry. This is the time to show professional leadership and it is our role in the professions to hold up standards (and build public confidence).”

“We must also take personal action and accept that we must change. We cannot continue with what we have always done in a professional capacity if we are to provide the climate actions needed. Predict and provide, use of scarce resources, building our way out of a recession – these are not things we can do anymore if we really do want to achieve Net Zero.”

As part of CIHT’s year under Neil Johnstone, this increased focus on climate action will see the Institution:

  1. Raising awareness of the need for action and the need to embrace change;
  2. Embedding decarbonisation at the core of our CPD offer – by making it even easier for members to fulfil their commitments via CIHT Learn;
  3. Releasing a program of content that show how we must provide leadership in climate action;
  4. Leading by example – creating clearer mentoring paths for the future of our profession 

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