On 1st May 2019, the UK Parliament declared an Environment and Climate Change Emergency. In the following month, the Climate Change Act was amended to commit the UK government to a net zero emissions target by 2050. To coordinate the efforts of the professional institutes in the built environments in meeting these targets, CIC's current Chairman Stephen Hodder established the CIC Climate Change Committe.
In March of 2020, the Committee released a joint statement, signed by 29 built environment bodies, recognising the emergency and committing to taking action to address it. Following on from that statement, in June 2021, CIC published 'Carbon Zero: the professional institutions’ climate action plan’ which represents the first concerted output from this commitment; a plan for real action in the face of the climate and biodiversity emergencies, a plan capable of delivering on net zero.
The Committee is chaired by CIC Deputy Chair Stephen Hodder MBE.