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ICE Environmental Policy Statement

Civil engineers and the environment

The Institution recognises the vital role played by its members in meeting the needs of society. In identifying those needs, in devising and delivering solutions that are affordable and meet society's aspirations, civil engineers contribute to the well being of society, to economic growth and to improved standards of living.

The Institution equally recognises the need to protect the environment and to use resources in a way that provides for future generations.

To achieve these objectives requires solutions which strike an informed balance in terms of cost, benefits, sustainability and acceptability within the broader legislative framework, and involves an evaluation of whole life costs.

To ensure that due weight is given to sustainablity and acceptability, all grades of membership should aim to develop and maintain a high standard of environmental awareness and to continuously improve environmental performance within their professional activities. In their professional activities, members should be guided by the Engineering Council Code of practice on the environment.

The Institution believes:

every member should foster and promote the concepts of sustainable development and environmental protection and the need to achieve an appropriate balance between environmental and economic factors;

case histories of good practice should be collated and disseminated;

learned society activities should promote continuing improvement in environmental performance and sustainability of design, construction and maintenance of civil engineering projects and raise the environmental standards of the industries in which civil engineers operate;

members at all grades should receive education and training in environmental legislation, design techniques and concepts of sustainablity;

its members should promote and influence debate on environmental issues associated with civil engineering projects with Government, public authorities, other institutions and societies, the general public and other bodies and organisations in the UK and internationally;

its members should formulate, promote and disseminate views on environmental matters related to civil engineering concerns;

its own environmental performance should be monitored and enhanced through formulation of a corporate environmental policy.

The Institution will strive to actively support and assist its members in achieving these aims.

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