Climate Emergency Committee

Headline Purpose

Chaired by Alan Ritchie, the purpose of this committee is to help radically reduce our built environment’s contribution to climate change and to help prepare for the impacts of climate change on Northern Ireland.

How this purpose will be achieved

  • Propose two lists of actions that should be taken in relation to our built environment: (i) Actions to make climate change less severe, and; (ii) Actions to prepare for the impacts of climate change on Northern Ireland.
  • Develop more detailed RSUA position papers on addressing climate change through the design of Northern Ireland’s built environment.
  • Engage with devolved and local government including DAERA (Climate Change), Department of Finance (building regulations and procurement), Department for Infrastructure (planning and transport), Department for Communities (housing policy and urban regeneration) and the 11 local councils.
  • Prepare RSUA’s response to relevant consultations
  • Provide a collective expert view on climate matters relating to the built environment when called upon
  • Engage and co-ordinate with other bodies in Northern Ireland and beyond who seek to address climate change including Climate NI, PCAN, Irish Green Building Council, Universities etc.
  • Propose opportunities for learning, particularly for architects and university students, in relation to climate change. For example, topics and expert speakers for training events, resources for architects and building tours.

Public benefit

The public will benefit by having a built environment which is better prepared for the impacts of climate change and the public will be better informed about what changes we need to make to our built environment to radically reduce our contribution to climate change.

Meeting frequency/pre-arranged dates

This committee will meet quarterly, from 12.30pm until 2pm on the following dates:

  • 12.30pm on Wednesday 15 June 2022
  • 12.30pm on Wednesday 21 September 2022
  • 12.30pm on Wednesday 30 November 2022
  • 12.30pm on Wednesday 1 February 2023
  • 12.30pm on Wednesday 5 April 2023
  • 12.30pm on Wednesday 14 June 2023

Other meetings will be scheduled as required between the standing meetings.


Climate Emergency Committee Chair, Alan Ritchie,

NameOrganisationEmail Address
Alistair BeckettHall Black
Alan BennetAlan Bennett
Sean CullenQueen’s University
Maeve GormanPovall
Peter GreenwoodWhite
Neil HewittUlster
Ben JamesUlster
Erl JohnstonAlastair
Ryan JohnstonUlster
Donal MacRandalConstruction Procurement
Paul McAlisterPaul McAlister
Barry McCarronSouth West
Colin McCrossanStrategic Investment
Jane McCulloughClimate NI
Jayanta MondolUlster
Ibrahim MottowaUlster
Dominic MorrisMcNally Morris
Liam MuldoonEcocity
Megan Nelson-NilehnConsarc
Andrew O’DohertyTODD
Albert ParkhouseC60
Alan RitchieC60
Will ThorntonThornton
Aoife WibergUlster University


RSUA members interested in joining this committee should contact Jude Faloon by emailing


If you or your organisation wishes to engage with the RSUA Climate Emergency Committee, please contact Courtney Mageean on

Find out more

Read some of the most up to date and relevant RSUA news articles relating to the Climate Emergency Committee by clicking on the links below

RSUA attends NI Climate Projections event 22 May 2019

RSUA Establishes Climate Emergency Committee 23 August 2019

First meeting of the RSUA Climate Emergency Committee 17 September 2019

Architects Support Climate Action Day 20 September 2019

Climate Emergency Committee update 10 December 2019

Climate Emergency Committee update 18 September 2020

RSUA presents to All Party Group on Climate Action 10 December 2020

RSUA supports adoption of DfI Living with Water Programme 22 January 2021

RSUA urges DAERA to adopt NI net zero emissions by 2050, 29 January 2021