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FIDIC 2012 business programme

Business Programme

As FIDIC approaches its centenary conference in 2013, Seoul 2012 will highlight the consulting engineering industry’s successes and achievement in helping society implement sustainable solutions to today’s urgent global challenges. The advent of globalisation and the stresses accompanying resource bottleneck, climate change and population growth were accommodated initially through “greening” of society and engineering and later by introducing sustainability concepts. Sustainable development will remain the primary driver for infrastructure investment, with Seoul 2012 demonstrating how the industry has successfully defined and implemented many new concepts that have become international standards of best practice.

What FIDIC 2012 Seoul will attempt to do is firstly, to actually define sustainability and, secondly, to develop a tool which will require and encourage consulting engineers to embrace new ways of designing solutions and new ways of dealing with their clients and with society. The World Consulting Engineering Conference in Seoul will herald a new paradigm for the industry so as to firmly establish itself as the trusted advisor to society.

Key Themes for the FIDIC 2012 Seoul Conference:

I. The Green Challenge in the Marketplace

Key speakers including business leaders, policy makers, engineers, scientists, economists and financiers will present the global challenges facing our industry and the need for action. They will assess the market’s response and readiness in the context of a green economy.

They will note that green growth must resonate with countries at all stages of development and engage a broad range of stakeholders. It will also be underscored that green growth policies should be considered within nationally defined contexts and priorities, and be applicable to economic actors of all dimensions, from small organisations to large corporations. They will focus on the development strategy on the following areas: innovative and sustainable sources of growth; mobilisation of domestic resources for development, including fostering a favorable investment climate; good governance; and measuring progress for sustainable development.

– Global Challenges and Industry Responses
– Green Growth Initiatives
– Regional and Local Dimensions of the Green Economy

II. Green Growth – New Perspectives

As the custodians of existing infrastructure and the developers of future infrastructure, consulting engineers should be responsive to the needs of society on the main issues that face mankind today and should be able to address these challenges in a way that is sustainable.

Mankind needs a new and innovative approach that can promise economic growth and at the same time tackle the challenges of climate change and environmental sustainability. A holistic change in the global development paradigm is called for, and the solution is “green growth.” Green growth seeks to advance the transition from quantitative growth to qualitative growth and the shift from the traditional fossil fuel dependent socioeconomic structure to a low carbon one.

Innovation in technologies and how they are applied are keys to enabling industry to create new business values while also benefiting people and the planet. Eco-innovation helps to enable this evolution through a combination of technological and non-technological changes that can yield substantial environmental improvements. The current economic crisis and climate change negotiations should be taken as a great opportunity to move beyond a green economy by accelerating eco-innovation.

Key speakers including industry leaders and clients will present their perspectives on issues such as energy, low carbon economies and on the expectations of society. Their past efforts to create a green economy and their lessons from experiences will be shared to provide an insight as to where we should be heading beyond green.

– Climate Change and Sustainability: New and Emerging Challenges
– Sustainable Solutions and Eco-Innovation
– Green Growth
– New Business Paradigm?

III. Working Greener and Smarter: A Shifting Paradigm

The final theme will focus on the role FIDIC should play to position the engineering community at the forefront of delivering sustainable solutions to global challenges.

Over the years, FIDIC has provided a unique setting where consulting engineers across the globe can come together to share technical experiences, promote good practices, find solutions to common problems, and collaborate on addressing global challenges. FIDIC’s core strengths are the high quality of its standards, fact-based mutual learning and its rigorous training programme. These assets will continue to serve the international community well for years to come, but FIDIC still needs to adapt and change.

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are one of the key enablers of “green growth” in all sectors of the economy. Smart ICT and internet applications have the potential to improve the environment and tackle climate change. Information and communication also foster more efficient engineering practice and stronger international dialogue. A better understanding of smart ICTs will provide policy makers and the engineering community with options for encouraging clean innovation for greener economic growth.

Key speakers will present their perspectives on activities of FIDIC and its strategic orientation, which sets out the strategy for increasing the organisation’s impact, inclusiveness, and relevance going forward beyond green.

– Getting Greener and Smarter
– Enhancing Capacity and Raising Standards
– Strengthening Regional and International Dialogue