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Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE
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Sustainability and the Environment - presentation to ICE

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Presentaiton from May 2007 to the Institution of Civil Engineers by Ian Nicholson, MD of Responsible Solutions Ltd.

Presentaiton from May 2007 to the Institution of Civil Engineers by Ian Nicholson, MD of Responsible Solutions Ltd.

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  • 1. Sustainability and the Environment What is Sustainability? ICE G&S Sustainability Seminar 17 May 2007 © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 1 Ian Nicholson • Managing Director, Responsible Solutions. – Specialist environmental and social responsibility consultancy – Specific focus on the construction sector, – Delivering pragmatic solutions from boardroom to site. • 23 years in the construction industry – Front line project work (road, water, building) – Business improvement/change – Environmental/sustainability – research, strategy, training • Technical Manager, CEEQUAL. • Construction Advisor, Envirowise • ICE Environment and Sustainability Board member © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 2 1
  • 2. Presentation outline • Context • Where are we now • Where do we need to be • Challenges • Informative • Thought provoking • Challenging • Uncomfortable • No comprehensive answers © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 3 So what is sustainability… © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 4 2
  • 3. Definitions • Sustainability – A state – The capacity for continuance • Sustainable Development – The process for achieving sustainability © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 5 Some common definitions “A better Quality of Life for everyone, now and for generations to come.” “Not cheating on your kids” Living off Natures interest; not its capital © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 6 3
  • 4. Corporate Social Responsibility “An organisational response to delivering sustainable development” Quentin Leiper ICE President 2007 Key elements of a responsible organisation: • recognise its impact on society • take these impacts into account in the way it operates, in a positive way • work in partnership with others DTi Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2002. © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 7 Triple Bottom Line Environment Quality of Life Economic Social © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 8 4
  • 5. Triple bottom line Environment Economic Social © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 9 Putting it in context © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 10 5
  • 6. Putting it in context All the earth's Environment systems and resources - naturally sustainable © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 11 Putting it in context Environment Humans and societies and all Society species how do we operate and have a quality of life that does not undermine the earth's natural systems? © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 12 6
  • 7. Putting it in context Environment Economy is Society Society’s mechanism for achieving Quality of Life. Economy do we operate our business in way which is fair and equitable to employees, society & environment? © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 13 Putting it in context Environment Society Economy …and if we don’t have an environment where does that © Responsible Solutions Ltd. leave us? 14 7
  • 8. Our current status How many planets we need if everyone in the world lives as the average UK citizen. © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 15 Sorry to tell you this… We only have one! © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 16 8
  • 9. DEFRA – 5 Principles © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 17 What does this mean in practice? © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 18 9
  • 10. What is a sustainable project? creating a solution which balances the impacts of the natural environment with the values & beliefs of the community in a profitable, responsible & ethical way © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 19 So what are some of the issues we need to consider? © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 20 10
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  • 12. © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 23 © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 24 12
  • 13. © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 25 © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 26 13
  • 14. © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 27 © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 28 14
  • 15. © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 29 What is our current performance © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 30 15
  • 16. 6tonnes of material for every person in the UK © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 31 © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 92m tonnes of waste 32 16
  • 17. 3 times more than all UK households 13m tonnes unused materials © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 34 17
  • 18. 90% non energy materials extracted in UK © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 35 52% of CO2 emissions from buildings © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 36 18
  • 19. 27% from transport © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 37 We cause disturbance & nuisance 19
  • 20. Our work has a visual impact © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 39 Employ 2.1million people © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 40 20
  • 21. There is a growing skills shortage © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 41 60 deaths per year on construction sites © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 42 21
  • 22. Some economic facts • circa 8.2% of GDP • 30% of our output is to the public sector • savings potential of between £500m-£2.6bn from government construction activity (NAO estimate) © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 43 Where do we need to be © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 44 22
  • 23. XXXX © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 45 BedZED analysis UK Typical BedZED eco-slob BedZED best Services Nourishment Services Services Nourishment 11% 30% Nourishment 12% 15% 31% 33% Goods 31% Goods Mobility 36% Goods M obility Shelter 13% Shelter Mobility 39% S 9% helter 15% 5% 14% 6% CO2: 11.0 t/capita CO2: 8.7 t/capita CO2: 6.2 t/capita EF: 5.2 gha/cap EF: 4.7 gha/cap EF: 3.3 gha/cap 2.7 planets 2.4 planets 1.7 planets Sources: BFF, Bill Dunster Associates, Bioregional, SEI-York © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 46 23
  • 24. 10 Principles of One Planet Living 1. Zero carbon 2. Zero waste 3. Sustainable transport 4. Sustainable materials 5. Local and sustainable food 6. Sustainable water 7. Natural habitats and wildlife 8. Culture and heritage 9. Equity and fair trade 10.Health and happiness © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 47 10 Principles of One Planet Living 1. Zero carbon • Achieve net CO2 emissions of zero from developments 2. Zero waste and their infrastructure 3. Sustainable transport 4. Sustainable materials 5. Local and sustainable food 6. Sustainable water 7. Natural habitats and wildlife 8. Culture and heritage 9. Equity and fair trade 10. Health and happiness © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 48 24
  • 25. 10 Principles of One Planet Living 1. Zero carbon 2. Zero waste • Eliminate waste flows to landfill and for incineration 3. Sustainable transport 4. Sustainable materials 5. Local and sustainable food 6. Sustainable water 7. Natural habitats and wildlife 8. Culture and heritage 9. Equity and fair trade 10. Health and happiness © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 49 10 Principles of One Planet Living 1. Zero carbon 2. Zero waste • Reduce reliance on 3. Sustainable transport private vehicles and achieve major reductions 4. Sustainable materials of CO2 emissions from 5. Local and sustainable transport food 6. Sustainable water 7. Natural habitats and wildlife 8. Culture and heritage 9. Equity and fair trade 10. Health and happiness © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 50 25
  • 26. 10 Principles of One Planet Living 1. Zero carbon 2. Zero waste 3. Sustainable transport • Transform materials 4. Sustainable supply to the point where materials it has a net positive impact 5. Local and sustainable on the environment and food local economy 6. Sustainable water 7. Natural habitats and wildlife 8. Culture and heritage 9. Equity and fair trade 10. Health and happiness © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 51 10 Principles of One Planet Living 1. Zero carbon 2. Zero waste 3. Sustainable transport 4. Sustainable materials • Transform food supply to 5. Local and the point where it has a sustainable food net positive impact on the environment, local 6. Sustainable water economy and peoples' 7. Natural habitats and well-being wildlife 8. Culture and heritage 9. Equity and fair trade 10. Health and happiness © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 52 26
  • 27. 10 Principles of One Planet Living 1. Zero carbon 2. Zero waste 3. Sustainable transport 4. Sustainable materials 5. Local and sustainable food 6. Sustainable water • Achieve a positive impact on local water resources 7. Natural habitats and and supply wildlife 8. Culture and heritage 9. Equity and fair trade 10. Health and happiness © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 53 10 Principles of One Planet Living 1. Zero carbon 2. Zero waste 3. Sustainable transport 4. Sustainable materials 5. Local and sustainable food 6. Sustainable water 7. Natural habitats • Regenerate degraded and wildlife environments and halt biodiversity loss 8. Culture and heritage 9. Equity and fair trade 10. Health and happiness © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 54 27
  • 28. 10 Principles of One Planet Living 1. Zero carbon 2. Zero waste 3. Sustainable transport 4. Sustainable materials 5. Local and sustainable food 6. Sustainable water 7. Natural habitats and wildlife 8. Culture and • Protect and build on local heritage cultural heritage and diversity 9. Equity and fair trade 10. Health and happiness © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 55 10 Principles of One Planet Living 1. Zero carbon 2. Zero waste 3. Sustainable transport 4. Sustainable materials 5. Local and sustainable food 6. Sustainable water 7. Natural habitats and wildlife 8. Culture and heritage • Ensure that the OPL 9. Equity and fair community's impact on trade other communities is 10. Health and happiness positive © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 56 28
  • 29. 10 Principles of One Planet Living 1. Zero carbon 2. Zero waste 3. Sustainable transport 4. Sustainable materials 5. Local and sustainable food 6. Sustainable water 7. Natural habitats and wildlife 8. Culture and heritage 9. Equity and fair trade • Increase health and 10.Health and quality of life of OPL happiness community © Responsible Solutions Ltd. members and others 57 Some more immediate steps © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 58 29
  • 30. The Stern Review • Emissions must be cut using the following methods: – Increased energy efficiency – Reduce demand for energy intensive technologies – Adoption of clean power, heat and transport technologies – Reduction of deforestation – Supporting innovation and deployment of low carbon technologies – Remove barriers to energy efficiency: inform, educate and persuade individuals to change their behaviour. © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 59 An Introduction to CEEQUAL • Key features of CEEQUAL – a points-scoring-based assessment scheme – an incentive to apply best environmental practice – a developing benchmark against which expected standards of environmental performance can be set – applicable to all types and sizes of civil engineering projects – is a voluntary award – not a legal requirement – not a competitive scheme, but an achievement scheme and award © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 60 30
  • 31. An Introduction to CEEQUAL •What environmental issues does the Scheme address? •12 CEEQUAL sections •180 questions, 1000 points 1) Project Environmental Management (12%) 2) Land Use (8.2%) 3) Landscape (6.9%) 4) Ecology & Biodiversity (8.5%) 5) Archaeology & Cultural Heritage (6.2%) 6) Water Issues (8.9%) © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 61 An Introduction to CEEQUAL •12 CEEQUAL section headings 7) Energy (8.5%) 8) Use of Materials (9.5%) 9) Waste Management (8.7%) 10) Transport (7.6%) 11) Nuisance to Neighbours (7.3%) 12) Community Relations (7.7%) •Visit www.ceequal.com for more information © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 62 31
  • 32. The key challenge © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 63 The Construction industry has a significant role to play in delivering sustainable development Yes – we are currently part of the problem BUT We are also a key element of the solution © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 64 32
  • 33. Eliminate the silos • Contractors – don’t wait for designers • Designers – tell your clients the sustainable alternatives. • Clients/Developers – don’t assume what your customers want. • Don’t assume it will cost you more. • Make it your job to… © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 65 Promote team working • Lets lose the blame culture • Invest in skills and people development • Encourage creative thinking • Make one planet thinking the norm. • Invest in our people • Invest in your supply chain © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 66 33
  • 34. Work with our people • It is people who – will design better – will build with less resources, work with and develop communities – will reduce emissions and improve our safety performance – help with disaster relief, support the needy and homeless and alleviate poverty – will make the difference we want to see in the world – will protect and enhance our environment © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 67 A Win-Win solution? • We are struggling to engage people in the industry. – Image? – Perception? • We need to change behaviour and culture – Deliver a more sustainable future – Demonstrate our positive contribution © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 68 34
  • 35. …be the change you want to see in the world. Ghandi © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 69 a story.... Alan Knights Sepik River Journey. © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 70 35
  • 36. Alan Knight’s Sepik River Journey © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 71 One final question Do you understand the impacts of what you buy and sell? © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 72 36
  • 37. Thank you for listening… …any Questions? © Responsible Solutions Ltd. 73 37

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