University of Strathclyde, AIG and Wood partner to help create net zero cities

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The University of Strathclyde, insurance group AIG and engineering company Wood have formed a partnership to support cities and businesses as they transition to net zero carbon economies.

They will work with cities including COP26 host Glasgow, Milan and Pittsburgh, and a range of industries from energy to telecoms, to develop strategies for improved sustainability and resilience.

The group’s work will build on the Infrastructure Resilience Framework created by AIG and Wood, which was publicly endorsed by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization at its 2019 Bridge for Cities 4.0 event.

Richard Bellingham, director of the Institute for Future Cities at Strathclyde, said: “Cities have an essential and leading role to play in tackling and in responding to the challenges of climate change.

“We are privileged to be working in partnership with cities to help meet their priorities, and accelerate progress – including Strathclyde’s home city and COP26 host, Glasgow.”

Rhodri Williams, head of international public policy at AIG, said: “The partnership combines AIG’s risk expertise and the insurance solutions it provides to low-carbon energy and resilient infrastructure projects, with the Wood’s engineering solutions and the Institute for Future Cities’ holistic sustainability strategies and international relationships.

“As cities and corporations worldwide face increased pressure to reduce carbon emissions, our work will help advance sustainability efforts that will have significant impact into the future.”

Joe Sczurko, executive president of Wood’s consulting business, said: “Achieving the G7 leaders’ bold vision for a net zero future and effectively tackling the impacts of climate change require collaborative partnerships to drive innovation, deliver transformational value, and create a more sustainable future.

“Our partnership with AIG and the University of Strathclyde demonstrates the power of collaborating across multiple sectors and with a broad range of stakeholders to drive sustainable and resilient solutions.”

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