The climate emergency and the absolute certainty that we need to both adapt and decarbonise global society is the largest and most important issue facing humanity. Engineering and engineers have a critical role to play in defining the policies and actions necessary to avert physical and societal collapse.

Sponsored by WSP, the PWI Climate Change Adaptation and Decarbonisation Award will recognise an individual or team who, through their work, have made a positive contribution to climate change adaptation and / or decarbonisation within the boundaries of rail infrastructure.

Chair of the PWI Climate Change and Decarbonisation Committee Joan Heery said: “It’s the PWI’s mission to recognise the climate change and decarbonisation challenges in railway infrastructure, to share solutions and best practice, and to foster their adoption through collaboration to enable positive change.”

To enter, submit an original paper of 2000 – 2500 words on a relevant project or initiative, completed between 2019 – 2021. Papers will be judged against the following criteria: relevance to climate change adaptation and / or decarbonisation, benefits delivered and onward communication, quality of paper and demonstration of technical excellence. This award is open to anyone involved in rail infrastructure engineering.

More information can be found at and entrants must submit their paper via email to by 31 July.