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Latest version of CEEQUAL scheme launches in Hong Kong

23 July 2019

Version 6 of the Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment (CEEQUAL) is now available. It was launched by ICE in the UK in 2003.

Latest version of CEEQUAL scheme launches in Hong Kong

The launch of the Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment (CEEQUAL) Version 6 has been marked at an evening seminar in Hong Kong.

CEEQUAL is an evidence-based sustainability assessment, rating and awards scheme for civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and public realm projects.

It was set up in response to the market demand that investors, governments and regulators are increasingly recognising infrastructure as an asset that should be benchmarked in the same way as buildings.

The global benchmark allows infrastructure sustainability to be compared across markets and regions.

The event, “CEEQUAL Version 6 and sustainability best practice in civil engineering, Hong Kong”, was hosted by ICE Hong Kong Association (ICE HKA) and the Building Research Establishment (BRE).

It was an opportunity for Hong Kong practitioners to hear about the developments and the enhanced initiatives in the latest version of the scheme.

“ICE is delighted to collaborate with BRE to promote CEEQUAL and encourage the industry to spend more effort in considering sustainability in civil engineering projects,” said Dr Eric Li, Chairman of ICE HKA.

Benefits of CEEQUAL

Karl Pitman, a CEEQUAL Verifier and Assessor, explored the benefits and effects of using CEEQUAL on infrastructure projects.

He talked about pilot CEEQUAL assessments on several projects in Hong Kong in 2016, such as a Water Supplies Department project to provide salt water supply for the Pok Fu Lam area. This project achieved a ‘Good’ Whole Team Award rating, demonstrating that best practice was implemented well and in a controlled way.

He also highlighted some key aspects of CEEQUAL Version 6, for example the more detailed assessment of whole-life carbon, including recognising achievement of net-zero carbon, and assessment of resilience against natural hazards, intentional threats and climate change.

Other significant developments he covered were ecological enhancement, including recognising achievement of net gain in addition to no net loss, and consideration of strategies for circular economy.

Meanwhile, Ben Pettitt, representing BRE, talked about the research, development and robust science that underpins BRE’s work to develop its sustainability assessment, rating and awards schemes, which includes CEEQUAL.

For more information about CEEQUAL, visit

  • Dr Eric Li, professional civil engineer