Ike van der Putte, RPS' Director of External Relations & International Environmental Affairs based at RPS in Delft in The Netherlands, has worked for many years behind the scenes in a sustainability advisory role and also more publicly in a policy presentation role with FIDIC, the international parent body for the world's national institutes for civil engineering. He has not only helped to prepare much of their recent guidance on sustainability principle in engineering infrastructure in recent years but he has also been invited by FIDIC to unveil and present key policy and guidance documents relating to climate change and sustainability. The recent guidance includes the FIDIC Project Sustainability Management System and the FIDIC Project Sustainability Logbook. Below are excerpts from Ike van der Putte's presentations of this important climate change related guidance:
FIDIC's Project Sustainability Management System & Project Sustainability LogbookM
(Ike van der Putte's FIDIC presentation at Brussles on 2nd June, 2014):
Sustainable Development is a real and urgent problem for the world. The task is enormous and implies almost a complete overhaul of the world's infrastructure. There is a tremendous need for guidance to replace the legacy, non-sustainable infrastructure with increasingly more sustainable processes systems and technologies. This has been one of the reasons that FIDIC has developed its Project Sustainability Management (PSM) Guidelines. In an innovative way, the PSM Guidelines describe how project owners and consulting engineers can incorporate the principles of sustainable development into individual projects. The PSM guidelines have recently been complemented with the Project Sustainability Logbook (PSL) with a selection, monitoring and reporting method that can contribute to continuous improvement of the developed projects and systems.
This presentation illustrates the general background of the PSM /PSL methodology and shows how it can assist the Client and stakeholders in determining the right project with the possibility of monitoring its outcomes. In procurement, PSM and PSL can be introduced as a general approach, and can also be used as a whole or as elements in the various standard procurement systems, depending on the client/customer priorities.
The specific elements of the guidance are:
Introduction Sustainable Development and trends
FIDIC activities in environmental management and sustainability
FIDIC Project Sustainability Management System (PSM I/II)
FIDIC/EFCA Project Sustainability Logbook (PSL)
Procurement Strategy and contracts with reference to sustainability tools including PSM and PSL
The Critical Importance of Sustainability in Developing Procurement Strategies
(Ike van der Putte's FIDIC presentation at Brussles on 3rd June, 2014):
The symptoms of non-sustainable development are starting to appear in many places and at many scales. With the current population growth and economic development many nations especially those in the developing world are about to expand their resource consumption by a factor of five or more over the next 30-40 years. On a larger scale there is the matter of global climate change. The consensus view is that the enhanced greenhouse effect is changing and will increasingly change climate patterns significantly. To make progress towards sustainability, projects need to be pushed beyond the limits of conventional technology and show improved performance. Inclusion of sustainability in developing procurement strategies is therefore of crucial importance. Sustainable/Green Public Procurement (SPP/GPP) initiatives worldwide already include sustainability/green requirements making use of various standard Procurement models. SPP/GPP may be used as a template for a more sustainable approach in general procurement of goods, services and works.
This presentation describes the general trend in resource consumption and climate change, the urgent need for more sustainable approaches in projects, the developments in Green/Sustainable Public procurement, integrating sustainable criteria into procurement and a case description of GPP in waste water infrastructure projects.
RPS and the UNEP Sustainable Buildings and Construction Forum
Ike van der Putte of RPS is the FIDIC representative on the Board of the UNEP Sustainable Buildings and Construction Initiative (SBCI) and a former Chair of the SBCI. He is also a member of the SBCI Think Tank on Climate Change.