A Year in Review: 2016 / by David Mather

It was a busy year with highlights including the Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age exhibition at the Science Museum, the B1M Constructing Content event, attending the Mostra Convegno Expocomfort in Milan, seeing both Brian Cox & Tim Peake at events, and of course time relaxing on holiday.

The turn of the year came with a big decision for me. After ten years I decided to change jobs. I have broadened my career experience and worked on larger projects, and projects in different market sectors. In April I handed over the reigns of CIBSE YEN London as my two year tenure as Chair came to a close. I have been honoured to take on a new role as the CIBSE Council YEN Vice-Representative, supporting YEN centres around the UK and the world. CIBSE YEN continues to go from strength to strength with another fantastic YEN National Ball. I am very proud of the Ball which YEN London organised.

The cultural consensus is that this will be a year to forget. War, terrorism and a game of political top trumps which sees the UK heading into uncertainty in 2017 regarding its exit from the EU.

The emphasis on the UK's position within Europe wide commitments on lots of policy areas will be under scrutiny. Of particular interest is the 'effort sharing decision' in the EU where carbon reduction targets across the EU vary to minimise the economic impact on member states with lower GDP, in effect allowing some countries to underperform on international targets by offsetting there contribution with countries like the UK and Germany who's GDP allows for greater development in low carbon technology. There is no indication from the government that leaving the EU will affect our current target in the UK to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, against 1990 levels.