Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

M4i trumpet out of tune

Letters

Trumpeting the M4i report on environmental performance indicators (EPI) is a bit premature (NCE 9/16 August).

On inspection, the report contains six proposed indicators, only three of which - use and emission of CO 2, and use of water - have measures indicated.

Crucial criteria needed to assess the impact of the transportation of construction products and the protection of the natural environment as biodiversity are missing.

The central issue for sustainability is how should civil engineering be changed to eliminate threats to natural harmony and the survival of species, including humans.

Minimising energy and water use and recycling resources only delays the inevitable environmental impact of a growth economy.

To protect species biodiversity requires the enclosure of space to be constrained. To promote natural harmony and diversity the extent of construction will have to be regulated. Putting limits on the transportation of materials would reduce deterioration of the natural environment dramatically.

The suggested EPIs will not achieve fundamental change.

To enforce such a change, a tax on unsustainable construction will be needed to fund research into new harmonious methods of construction, based on completely different technologies and decision making techniques.

Pat Toms (M) 68 Shakespeare Street, Glasgow G20 8TJ

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.