Sustainable Civil Engineering

CEEQUAL is the world’s leading sustainability assessment scheme for civil engineering. We can help you deliver more sustainable engineering projects.

Civil engineering provides infrastructure on which we all depend, and shapes and influences the environment in which we live, for the benefit of society. It is aimed at delivering an enhanced quality of life to the community/communities it serves. Modern life is only possible because of the infrastructure provided by engineering clients, designers and contractors. Many projects intrinsically improve environmental quality and human well-being, for example water & waste-water treatment plants and sewerage schemes, city metros and railway projects, land contamination remediation schemes and flood alleviation, as well as works in public spaces such as pedestrianisations, enhancements of public spaces and refurbishment of parks. In addition, the proper maintenance and progressive improvement of infrastructure through effective work under Term Contracts is vital to the sustainable management of that infrastructure, and its continued capacity to serve society. In short, sustainable civil engineering is vital to shaping our environments.

Despite substantial improvements in practice over recent years, some of them prompted by CEEQUAL, civil engineering and public works are still perceived by some sectors of society as always having a damaging effect on the living environment. There remains substantial pressure to provide more sustainable civil engineering and reduce adverse environmental impacts during construction, to improve whole-life performance and to maximise the benefits of such works. Schemes not built to exacting environmental and social performance standards, or that use environmentally or socially intrusive and damaging construction processes, risk alienating communities and bringing the whole construction process and industry into disrepute. The importance of sustainable engineering projects has therefore never been greater.

The CEEQUAL methodology seeks to address these issues and to increase sustainable civil engineering to improve the sustainability performance of infrastructure, landscaping projects and contracts, and works in public spaces. In short, CEEQUAL helps achieve sustainable engineering projects. It does so by providing an incentive to clients, designers and contractors to undertake projects that:

  • Are demonstrably contributing to more sustainable living;
  • Are adopting best environmental, economic and social practice to drive sustainable civil engineering standards;
  • Are therefore delivering more sustainable civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and
    public realm works.

Read how CEEQUAL pushes the bounds of sustainability