A route map for the global engineering community to support and deliver the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been launched by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).
The Sustainability Route Map outlines a three-year plan to enable engineers to better engage with the SDGs and demonstrate the impact of engineering projects. ICE has established working groups to tackle each of the route map’s three key areas for action by 2021:
- The Measuring, Monitoring and Reporting working group will evaluate current methods and provide a framework that allows engineers to consistently measure and report on the SDG impact of their infrastructure projects or programmes
- The Systems Approach working group will help engineers to adopt a collaborative outcome-based system for delivering infrastructure, shifting away from self-contained single projects
- The Global Knowledge Sharing working group will bring UK and international professional engineering bodies together to increase SDG knowledge through education and continuing professional development
The areas of focus have been established following the work of the Global Engineering Congress (GEC), which ICE hosted in October 2018. The congress brought together thousands of engineers from over 80 countries across the world to determine how to make the delivery of the SDGs a reality.
Davide Stronati, Chair of the ICE Sustainability Leadership Team and member of the GEC Legacy Strategic Steering Group, said:
“Engineers are ideally placed to answer the many challenges the world faces, and GEC was a unique opportunity for the worldwide engineering community to turn words into action towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
“Based on the wealth of knowledge, innovation and ideas that were shared at GEC, ICE has developed the Sustainability Route Map to transform the way engineers engage with the SDGs. Over the next three years, our dedicated working groups will increase SDG knowledge throughout the profession and establish a way for infrastructure projects to align effectively and make a measurable impact against the SDGs.”
About the Sustainability Route Map and working groups
More information on ICE’s Sustainability Route Map and working groups can be found at: www.ice.org.uk/knowledge-and-resources/sustainability-route-map