23 January 2024
“We still need to build infrastructure to support our net zero goal, but we can do so in a far more sustainable way” said Mike Muldoon in his interview with industry influencer Antony Oliver for Episode no.49 of The Infrastructure Podcast

Mike joined Antony on The Infrastructure podcast for a lively discussion on rail infrastructure, net zero and his work as a STEM Climate Ambassador. And for the curious minded you can also find out how crème anglaise and circular saws made it into the conversation.

Driving down the carbon cost of infrastructure is a subject dear to Mike. He considers that if we are to reach net zero by 2050 (or sooner) we must take a system-wide approach. That means not looking at transport end users and modes in isolation, but at the infrastructure required to facilitate them.

Mike is keen to reiterate that “rail is the lowest carbon emitting form of land-based transport” and how it is “crucial for our shift towards net zero, but only if it can be allowed to add capacity or grow and accept modal shift.”

Mike illustrates that although designing a zero-emission hydrogen train is a laudable goal, it is entirely dependent on the required infrastructure to support it. Mike makes the point that we still need to build infrastructure to support our net zero goal, but we can do so in a far more sustainable way.

As Business Development Director, Mike is very proud of the approach developed by his colleagues at SYSTRA that puts carbon reduction at the forefront of all new projects. He informs Antony about our natural progression into other sectors facing similar infrastructure challenges, specifically the water and energy sectors. He cites SYSTRA’s 100-strong (and growing) Environmental team which has designed complex flood defences and understands how to protect and enhance biodiversity.

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