BRE Global launches CEEQUAL Version 6 to support infrastructure project teams’ sustainability goals

BRE Global has today launched CEEQUAL Version 6. Investors, governments and regulators are increasingly understanding infrastructure as an asset class that should be benchmarked with the same level of insight as buildings. In response to this market demand, CEEQUAL Version 6 provides a global benchmark for infrastructure sustainability to compare projects across markets and regions.

The new iteration combines the technical content of the CEEQUAL and BREEAM Infrastructure methodologies, and builds upon the well proven processes of the CEEQUAL approach to assessment. Whilst evolving the scheme to improve appeal to new users, the update maintains recognisable elements of the long established CEEQUAL scheme that existing users will be familiar with.

CEEQUAL Version 6:

  • Meets global market demand as the single world leading sustainability rating scheme for infrastructure
  • Provides investors, governments & regulators with an infrastructure sustainability benchmark
  • Merges the best content of the CEEQUAL and BREEAM Infrastructure methodologies
  • Actively engaged with the market after several months of consultation with industry working group
  • Includes new assessment issues which address some of the most pressing issues the industry faces including climate change, carbon and resilience

As well as bringing together the two methodologies, CEEQUAL Version 6 includes new assessment issues. After several months of active engagement & consultation with industry, CEEQUAL Version 6 has responded by including assessment issues which address some of the most pressing challenges the industry faces. These include: more detailed assessment of whole life carbon, including recognising achievement of net zero carbon; assessment of resilience against natural hazards, intentional threats and climate change; ecological enhancement, including recognising achievement of net gain in addition to no net loss; and consideration of strategies for circular economy.

Dr Shamir Ghumra, BREEAM Director said: “We are delighted to launch CEEQUAL Version 6. When BRE Global acquired CEEQUAL it was with the stated intention of merging the CEEQUAL and BREEAM Infrastructure methodologies to create a world leading sustainability rating scheme for infrastructure. Today’s launch successfully marks the end of the phase of fully integrating CEEQUAL into BRE Global.”

The launch of Version 6 marks the closure of both BREEAM Infrastructure (Pilot) and CEEQUAL Version 5 schemes. Those who have already registered on these schemes are able to continue on them. To aid transition, teams already working on CEEQUAL but who have not yet registered have until 30 September 2019 to register their projects to Version 5.

Ian Nicholson, Director of CEEQUAL and Infrastructure said “Over the last months, we have worked with an industry working group to identify the best elements of both schemes and meld them into one. I’m really proud of our team’s hard work in bringing the schemes together. What we have achieved provides a strong foundation from which infrastructure project teams can continue to improve the sustainability of what they deliver.”