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Sustainability set at the heart of civils charter

ICE News

THE ICE is to press members to receive training in sustainability after its new ICE Charter for sustainable development was approved by Council.

The charter demands that members at all grades aim to 'develop and maintain a high standard of sustainability awareness and to continuously improve sustainability performance within their professional activities'.

Members are expected to do this through self-planned CPD, either by attending courses and ICE meetings or through case studies that will be posted on the ICE website.

The formation of the charter follows the December meeting of Council when it agreed that sustainable development should become a 'fundamental tenet' of what the ICE means by 'civil engineering'.

Council has already set up a task group to ensure that the principles of sustainable development are embedded in civil engineering degrees.

Now the charter aims to put practising engineers in the picture.

The charter states that 'the ICE recognises the vital role played by its members in identifying the needs of society and devising and delivering solutions that are affordable and meet society's aspirations.

'In fulfilling this role, civil engineers contribute to economic growth, to environmental protection and to improved quality of life, it states.

'But the ICE equally recognises the need to protect and enhance the environment and to use resources in a way that does not disadvantage future generations.'

The charter then sets out a series of member duties. It commits the ICE to 'actively support and assist its members in delivering the policy'.

'It is now part of ICE policy that sustainability is central to civil engineering, ' said the ICE environment and sustainability board member Jean Venables.

'This charter is following that through by setting out what it expects of its members.'

The charter will be formally launched in June at the ICE's annual conference in Belfast, where sustainability will be a key theme.

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