Job title: Group climate change director
Lara Young, Group Climate Change Director for Costain was named Energy and Carbon Manager of the Year at the 2021 edie sustainability leaders award and is a Highway UK 2020 Associate Laureate. Lara is the instigator and driving force behind establishing and implementing Costain’s Climate Change Action Plan to transition to a net-zero organisation. Challenging existing business models and processes, her role is to embed carbon management and drive the design and delivery of whole life low carbon solutions across Costain. Lara is leading the integration of the world’s first standard for managing infrastructure carbon, PAS2080 at Costain. In 2020 Lara joined the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Carbon Project steering group and is working to incorporate systems thinking to help articulate a future vision for UK infrastructure and became Chair of the Carbon Champion review Panel in June 2021. Lara was recently listed in the Energy Saving Trust “Eight Great Women list” for International Women’s Day and named the 2021 New Registrant of the Year by the Society for the Environment.