Leading European engineering and architecture consultancy Sweco has signed the FIDIC Climate Change Charter.
With 18,500 architects, engineers and other specialists, Sweco co-creates solutions to address urbanisation, capture the power of digitalisation and make societies more sustainable. With COP27 turning attention to practical actions needed to meet ambitious climate commitments, the company has made a clear commitment by signing the FIDIC charter.
Åsa Bergman, president and CEO of Sweco, said: “Solving the greatest societal challenges of our time is more relevant, demanding and important than ever before. With more than 100,000 projects conducted per year, we at Sweco have a responsibility, but also a great opportunity, to transform society in a sustainable direction.”
FIDIC’s Climate Change Charter sets out commitments that companies, professionals, trade bodies and FIDIC itself will take to ensure the infrastructure industry not only helps the world achieve its aims but make itself sustainable for the long term.
This includes commitments to develop science-based approaches to decarbonising their operations and supply chains, work with energy utilities through power purchase agreements to switch operational energy consumption to clean energy sources where available, and to report annually on their greenhouse gas emissions.
Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, chief executive of FIDIC, welcomed Sweco’s commitment, saying: “The infrastructure industry must lead by example and we welcome this clear commitment from Sweco to do so. Climate change is an existential threat to nature, to the built environment and to the future direction of human civilisation. The engineers that design and build the human world will be more crucial than any other sector to shaping the world’s response, halting climate change and tackling the consequences of it.”
The FIDIC Climate Change Charter now has more than 100 signatories from around the world. To find out more about it, click here.