FIDIC publishes best practice report on lifecycle carbon emissions

13 Sep 2023

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FIDIC has published a best practice report for applying scope 3 carbon emissions at Global Infrastructure Conference focusing on downstream activities.

Scope 3 encompasses emissions that are not produced by a company itself and are not the result of activities from assets owned or controlled by them, but by those that it's indirectly responsible for up and down its value chain.

The report, Decarbonisation of the infrastructure sector, which was launched during the final session of FIDIC’s annual Global Infrastructure Conference in Singapore, was authored in collaboration with Ramboll and Arcadis and demonstrates a best practice approach through the whole life cycle stages of infrastructure projects, providing a useful guide for consulting engineers and contractors in the global infrastructure sector.

Commenting on the report, Dr Nelson Ogunshakin, FIDIC’s chief executive officer, said: “FIDIC stakeholders have a substantial impact on the infrastructure sector globally and raising the bar on how we can work with decarbonising the sector in all lifecycle phases of projects can have a real impact towards staying within 1.5 degrees as targeted by the Paris Agreement.”

Jens-Peter Saul, CEO of Ramboll, said: “It's high time the infrastructure sector moves from ambition to action and aligns with global climate goals. With the report, we share best practices to accelerate decarbonisation through the entire life cycle of infrastructure assets. This should only be the first step. We need to pick up the pace of collaboration and use our knowledge and influence as engineers and consultants to push the development of more sustainable infrastructure.”

Alan Brookes, CEO of Arcadis, said: “Our clients are increasingly looking to us for advice on decarbonisation of their infrastructure assets and we have the expertise to help them with this, but we can’t work in isolation. As the clock ticks towards 2050 it’s imperative the infrastructure sector comes together to collaborate and share knowledge. With a coordinated approach and a change in the way things have always been done, we can help drive the whole industry shift that’s needed to decarbonise our sector.”

Produced for FIDIC’s Global Leadership Forum, the Decarbonisation of the infrastructure sector report was authored in collaboration with Ramboll and Arcadis. Other organisations which contributed to the report include AECOM, JP Morgan, Mott MacDonald and WSP. The report is part of the sustainable infrastructure series of reports published in 2023. FIDIC’s Global Leadership Forum convenes c-suite leaders from the global infrastructure community to find solutions to global challenges facing the infrastructure sector.

Click here to download the Decarbonisation of the infrastructure sector report.

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