In recent years, the terms “green economy”, “net zero” and “circular economy” have been brought to the fore of the EU’s agenda, following the global trend towards achieving sustainable economic growth. This has put the spotlight on the environmental impact of materials and production methods, maintenance and the life-cycle practices of infrastructure and energy assets. The COVID pandemic has put further pressure on the world’s economies, leading them to reconsider how their growth strategies have been structured. Production must be recovered following the economic downturn and there is considerable concerns that the application of climate-change policies might be sacrificed in order to return to normality. However, the efforts to combat the climate crisis will continue for decades, so what so far has been thought of as normal will not be enough if the ambitious net-zero targets are to be reached by 2050. All these challenges are driving us to review how we approach projects, seeking new solutions and evolving designs in order to support the transition to a more sustainable world while meeting the market’s specific needs.
Environmental impact assessments