FIDIC leads by example on reducing carbon emissions

24 Apr 2023

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As well as encouraging the engineering, construction and infrastructure sector to take positive actions to reduce its environmental impact on the journey to net zero, FIDIC is also leading by example and taking the initiative to measure its own carbon emissions.

As the global federation representing consulting engineers, FIDIC sees it as important to take a leadership position on climate action and carbon emission reduction and is targeting three key areas of the climate challenge, including influence and advocacy, building, infrastructure and industrial facilities delivery and FIDIC’s own operations.

These areas will be addressed through FIDIC’s own facilities and activities but also through the internationally recognised business, technical and contractual guidance that FIDIC provides to the engineering sector and infrastructure development and financing institutions. In reducing its own carbon impact, FIDIC has partnered with environmental consultancy Positive Planet to conduct a comprehensive carbon footprint assessment of its operations, including measuring FIDIC’s direct and indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that result from its activities, including operations, facilities and energy usage.

FIDIC is using science-based globally recognised standards in line with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, to ensure the accuracy and credibility of its carbon footprint assessment. This will allow a baseline to be established for emissions and targets to be set for reducing the organisation’s future carbon footprint.

By measuring its own carbon footprint, FIDIC is taking an important step towards understanding its impact on the environment and identifying areas for improvement. Then, based on the findings of its carbon footprint assessment, FIDIC will be developing a comprehensive sustainability plan that includes specific actions to reduce emissions. These actions may include investing in optimising transportation and logistics, implementing energy-efficient technologies and engaging its employees and partners in sustainability initiatives.

FIDIC chief executive Dr Nelson Ogunshakin said: “Reducing our carbon footprint is a collective effort and we invite our members, employees, partners and stakeholders to join us in our sustainability journey. Together, we can make a positive impact on the environment and create a more sustainable future for generations to come.

“Taking the initiative to measure our own carbon footprint is a significant step towards FIDIC’s commitment to sustainability. By taking responsibility for our environmental impact and implementing meaningful actions to reduce our emissions, we are striving to be a responsible organisation and contribute towards a greener future.”

Click here for more information about FIDIC’s sustainability commitments.

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