Atkins’ chief executive says the challenge of global warming can only be met by engineering

Keith Clarke’s quick quotes

On engineers: “Engineering is sexy: without engineering you won’t get carbon reduction or any chance of social cohesion” On transport: “Infratructure is fundamental. In Nigeria the cost of transporting farm produce is 75% higher because there are no roads” On renewables: “You are going to have to put bets on all renewables because the outcome is unpredictable” On China: “Population control is the biggest mitigation against climate change and their commitment to renewables is astonishing” Exporting energy: “It’s the Sahara’s choice whether they build power plants to supply Europe. It’s not our choice.”