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Hyder Middle East

Sustainability Guidance

An Outline of Hyder’s Sustainability and Environmental Management approach in the Middle East


HYDER MIDDLE EAST SUSTAINABILITY GUIDANCE


CONTENTS 1. Purpose 2. Scope 3. Corporate Sustainability 3.1 Hyder Values 3.2 Our People 3.3 Working Environments 3.4 Technical Excellence 3.5 Stakeholder Engagement 3.6 Supply Chain Management 3.7 Corporate Governance 4. Project Sustanability 4.1 Sustainability Gateway Model 4.2 Sustainability Gateway Agenda 4.3 User Requirements 4.4 Planning & Preparation 4.5 Building Design 4.6 Best Practice in Construction 4.7 Eco System Services 4.8 Materials 4.9 Transportation 4.10 Energy 4.11 Water 4.12 Business, Society & Community Appendices 1. Integrated Sustainability Gateway Model


Sustainability is the buzzword of the decade. Definitions abound. The most widely accepted is development which “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’’. This document has been written to aid all our people in their understanding of what sustainability means to Hyder.


SCOPE

This guidance document depicts our approach towards corporate sustainability and how we apply these principles in our business activities. The document is aimed at steering our people to ensure good sustainability management is applied and acts as a catalyst for action, focusing on longterm solutions, targeting prevention now, rather than cure later. Corporate & project sustainability is underpinned by the following principles:

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Sustainable Communities – Through respecting and understanding the needs of our own people and community stakeholders we find solutions that maximise opportunities for the personal and professional development of our people. In addition we ensure our management teams understand the need for regular engagement and support to the communities in which we work making positive contributions to the community way of life. Sustainable Consumption and Production – We have adopted a philosophy of achieving more with less. Through focusing on sustainable procurement and developing strong relations with our supply chain stakeholders, we consider

efficiency in resource use and enhancements in product and services realisation. Through early consultation, comprehensive planning and sound knowledge of sustainable design solutions, we can offer profound changes in the generation and use of energy. Through a strategic approach of measuring, reducing & offsetting we are working towards becoming a carbon neutral organisation. Natural Resource Protection and Environmental Enhancement – At Hyder our people understand and are diligent towards identifying environmental aspects and mitigating their potential for impact to ensure the prevention of any adverse effect on the earth’s land, water and air cycles by our business activities. Corporate Governance & Sustainable Profitable Growth – The implementation and monitoring of effective policies and procedures will enhance and control our business operational compliance and consistency. Understanding and advising our clients on best sustainable solutions that add value, mitigate risk and control cost will ensure we remain the consultant of choice and support our business capital turnover and sustainable profitable growth.


CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY

HYDER VALUES

A key source of differentiation for a professional services company such as ours is the values we collectively share and exhibit. Values underpin and enable strategy and therefore help create competitive advantage. We have five company values which are: Client Focus - we differentiate through our tailored skills and depth of client understanding Excellence - we strive for excellence, recognising that excellence is defined by our clients

Trust - we build and retain relationships of trust with our clients, colleagues and business partners Teamwork - we work together as a team for the Group not just the individual Responsibility - we take responsibility for our performance and for safety

OUR PEOPLE

Attracting and retaining excellent people is at the forefront of our business decision making process. We ensure all our people receive the training necessary to achieve the highest competency levels in their chosen field. Leading by example is a quality we develop within all our leaders and we promote a culture that respects and promotes excellence.

SAFE & HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS

WORKING

The environments in which we work should be of the highest standard possible to enable our people to work free from risk and excel in their role through feeling comfortable and safe in their surroundings. Our people are empowered to act and Speak Up! challenging any unsafe situation that transpires free from reprisal.

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Corporate sustainability has clear benefits related to the triple bottom line (economic, environmental and social) which result from pursuing a sustainable approach to business and project development. Hyder Middle East as an organisation understands it responsibility towards its people and the environments in which we work. We acknowledge that sustainability diligence enhances our competitive edge ensuring we remain the organisation of choice for our clients in each of our market sectors and the employer of choice for our staff. We must look hard at smarter ways of delivering improved quality and the differentiators that make the Hyder brand the success it is.


TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE

As a leading global consultant, we must be at the forefront of offering the latest in technological solutions to our people, enhancing internal communications and information transfer and making optimal use of the latest solutions for our external clients.

STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT

As an organisation that is represented in numerous countries throughout the Middle East, we understand that we have a moral responsibility to respect the diverse cultures and societies of the people we engage with. Fostering this approach and instilling it within our people capitalizes on relationships which are the foundation of all accomplishments and underpin sustainable business development.

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As a business we are reliant on the strength and performance of our direct (sub-consultants and suppliers) and indirect (contractors) supply chain. All our people should recognise how this mutual dependency enhances the successful delivery of our operations and the perception of our brand.

At Hyder we work hard to support our supply chain through using tools that enable us to capture, understand and collate their performance. The result is a sustainable preferred chain of organisations that grow with us.

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Policies and Procedures that define our corporate responsibility towards our business operations are developed and maintained to ensure consistency in compliance. All our people are responsible for their actions and conduct whilst at work and understand their contribution each day makes a difference to the organization. Our business and project leaders are accountable for value management and risk control ensuring our business meets its targets to enhance shareholder value.


PROJECT SUSTAINABILITY

SUSTAINABILITY GATEWAY MODEL

At Hyder we have developed a model that will guide the organisation and people through a common step by step approach to ensuring sustainability is considered at all stages of project development. The model (Appendix A) demonstrates through the bid, design, construction and operation phases that we understand, develop, monitor and achieve the sustainability goals of our clients and stakeholders.

SUSTAINABILITY GATEWAY AGENDA

A prime agenda has been established which will

complement the project evolution and promote sustainability discussion and consideration ensuring relevant requirements have been met at each relevant stage.

USER REQUIREMENTS

Accurate, realistic demand projections of user requirements will be a key to providing right-size facilities for the communities. For instance, the sizing of utility infrastructure based on conservative rules of thumb typically results in oversized infrastructure. Oversizing of infrastructure, not to be confused with the provision of additional capacity for future development, results in costly un-utilised infrastructure capacity. From a sustainability perspective, right-sizing of user requirements will facilitate cost effective, resource efficient provisions for the project. An understanding of policies, both current and planned, to promote the reduction of utility demand per capita will contribute significantly to the accuracy of demand projections and facilitate the right-sizing of utility infrastructure. Demand reduction creates a win-win situation whereby cost savings are realised by both utility operators and end users, and the environmental impact of resource use is reduced.

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Ensuring all our projects are approached with the intention of maximising sustainable solutions ensures we can offer expert advice and guidance. For example, innovative design solutions can result in energy and water use that is more efficient, reducing capital expenditure and operating costs for developers. From a user’s perspective, international experience has shown that areas, which offer users an enhanced environment, better access to public transport, community space and high quality utilities are more likely to pay a premium. Therefore, we are likely to see such communities attract higher prices and retain higher occupancy rates in the future.


PLANNING & PREPARATION

ECO-SYSTEM SERVICES

BUILDING DESIGN

Similarly, consideration should be given to local environmental guidelines if any.

Ensuring an appropriate land use is provided in the development plan including the provision of sufficient facilities and placing them in the right locations according to local planning requirements is essential.

Building design consideration will help in addressing building regulation requirements such as height control, compatibility transition to existing neighbourhoods etc.

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This criteria considers issues concerning proposed buildings in the development including proposed electrical and HVAC systems, fire, drainage and plumbing, visual appeals, design flexibility, future maintenance operational costs, recycling, the development’s carbon footprint, appropriate land uses, diversity, connectivity, inclusion, safety, accessibility, and plot development.

BEST PRACTICE IN CONSTRUCTION

Ensuring safety on a construction site is a complex challenge. This criteria allows for consideration of local labour issues, and promotion of safe working environment.

Particularly relevant to remote communities, consideration should be given to the protection and/or restoration of urban ecology and mature vegetation when developing the masterplan.

The benefit of considering environmental protection from the outset is that it facilitates the preservation of existing biodiversity and presents the opportunity to enhance urban and marine ecology. The use of native species will again promote environmental protection and be cognisant of cultural heritage. Furthermore, it is very important that issues like water resources, air emissions, and soil resources management, site and species protection and conservation, and preservation of green links throughout the development are covered hence to ensure that the site’s ecology is conserved and enhanced.


Potentially conflicting factors including lifecycle cost, embodied energy/carbon, transport requirements, constructability, durability in service, health and safety (e.g. toxicity), maintainability and residual environmental impacts are jointly and severally important in the context of material selection. The selection of appropriate materials will help deliver simultaneous environmental and economic benefits throughout the project’s lifecycle.

TRANSPORTATION

A major concern in the region is planning transportation for cities with exponential growth. As such, a major issue addressed is the provision of developments that can accommodate transit, vehicular, and pedestrian modes of transportation that promote safety, connectivity, parking lot connections, shaded streets, provision of interconnected street network, and provision of transitsupportive development including cycling routes that reduces green house gas emissions. A sustainable development should ensure that different transport modes are provided within the development including public transport and pedestrian and cycling designated areas through

the provision of close local amenities, and traffic management.

ENERGY

As this region has the world’s largest ecological footprint because it is extensively dependent on fossil fuels for energy production, energy is a major concern and obstacle to a sustainable future. Furthermore, energy requires a high degree of focus and can be challenging for many projects. Ensuring that the proposed development promotes energy conservation and use of renewable energy is an important step in achieving a sustainable development. This criteria covers electricity network, energy savings strategy, street and internal lighting, and district heating and/or cooling.

WATER

The climatic conditions and geographical location of the Middle East account for the water shortages added by the intensive reliance on desalination plants which accounts for the region’s high ecological footprint. Water shortage is a major challenge the region faces and it is a prioritized issues addressed in some of the region’s national urban plans because it is a major prerequisite for achieving a sustainable future.

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Some of the issues that should be addressed include: water conserving landscaping, greywater recycling, water saving fixtures, portable water, irrigation, stormwater, and wastewater.

BUSINESS, SOCIETY & COMMUNITY

Promoting community networks and interaction, managing the community in the proposed development through looking after sustainable lifestyle community is very important in terms of achieving a sustainable future for community. Consideration of society and community benefits ensures that the development provides a diverse business and employment opportunities contributing to the local economy and plays a vital role in ensuring economic sustainability.

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This criteria covers an assessment of local wealth creation, employment opportunities, sustainability of businesses created, and business approach to sustainability.

RESOURCE SECURITY

It is important that sustainable construction works, procurement plans, site waste management,


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PROJECT SUSTAINABILITY AGENDA Topic

Sub Topic

Number

Question

User requirements

Policies

01

Understand needs of present / planned occupants of the building

Planning & Preparation

Appropriate Land Uses

01

Review brief and development objectives

02

Site and context analysis

03

Identify suitable location for range of land uses

01

Asses development characteristics

02

Asses possibilities for multifunctional and integrated land use

03

Maximize open space

01

Investigate potential to integrate lowenergy lighting and smart/automated energy saving technologies

02

Assess building location for appropriateness of renewable energy technology

03

Estimate CO2 and cost impacts of low versus high energy design

01

Investigate building potential to integrate smart/automated HVAC technologies

02

Investigate building potential for minimizing mechanical ventilation systems, including demand control for fresh air

03

Estimate CO2 and cost impacts of low versus high energy design

01

Investigate building potential to integrate rainwater recycling system

02

Investigate building potential to integrate water saving features

01

Investigate integration of low maintenance provision designs

visual appeal

Building Design

Electrical

HVAC

Drainage and Plumbing

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Low maintenance provisions leading to reduced operational cost


Sub Topic

Number

Question

Best Practice in Construction

Flexible design to accommodate future relayouts

01

Investigate technologies available to accommodate flexible designs.

Health and safety

01

Ensure consideration of any local legislative requirements affecting the project.

02

Has the client verbally or within the RFP specified any specific standards that must be imposed.

03

Initiate and monitor safety in design risk register to identify risk throughout design development phase, capturing mitigating measures where possible and ultimately communicating residual significant risks at tender stage to contractors and Hyder supervision team.

01

Understand any client specified design/construction phase audit requirements for the project.

02

Set and promote specific QA/C requirements for inclusion within tender enabling incorporation into final inspection and test plan (ITP).

03

Understand/set specific Human resource requirements for leaders in operational delivery phase.

Water resources

01

Review any proposals for desalination; review water consumption figures; review water saving / reuse measures; review all proposed discharges.

Management of emissions to air

01

Review of all operations which could potentially impact on air quality either during construction or operation.

Management of soil resources

01

Review soil resource / soil erosion prevention measures.

Protection of species or habitats of conservation concern

01

Identify protected species and valuable habitats.

Preservation of green links throughout the development

01

Define the key habitats within the development that function as wildlife corridors, and for what species.

Eco-System Services Quality assurance and control

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Topic

Sub Topic

Number

Question

Materials

Material selection

01

Assess existing on-site materials and consider reuse/recycle - identify cost/benefit and carbon impact.

02

Review green material options and identify appropriate uses for site identify cost/benefit and carbon.

03

Design to maximize pre-cast vs. insitu concrete casting - identify cost/ benefit and carbon impact.

Transport modes

01

Ensuring that different transport mode options are identified determining cost-benefit and carbon impact of preferred transport modes.

Road heirarchy

01

Reviewing existing road infrastructure to identify optimal road hierarchy and determine cost benefit and carbon impact of preferred road network.

Transportation

Efficient transit connections and interface 01

Energy

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Identify key strategies for reducing automobile use and general congestion.

02

Ensuring that integrated transportation infrastructure is considered.

03

Identify opportunities for efficient transport connections.

04

Ensure that facilities for non-motorised transport are investigated.

Electricity network

01

Planning strategy to ensure reliable supply of electricity near the load centre and to minimise cable losses.

Energy optimisation/savings strategy

01

Adopt strategy based on demand side management.

Internal lighting

01

Control of lighting to ensure they are only switched on when required.

High voltage

01

Use more environmentally-friendly equipment e.g. transformers, switch gears.

District heating/cooling

01

Adopt district heating/cooling within development.


Sub Topic

Number

Question

Water

Potable water, irrigation, firefighting

01

Identification of applicable alternative water sources and options to reduce potable water use including: identifying options for water treatment, options for water conversation.

Stormwater

01

Identification of alternative stormwater management strategies (collection/ treatment/ reuse).

Wastewater

01

Assess site potential for reuse of recycled water (i.e. treated effluent).

Employment opportunities

01

Assessing the employment opportunities.

Wealth creation

01

Assessment of the extent of local wealth creation.

Site waste management plan

01

Ensure that a waste management plan/framework/ guidelines are developed to enhance sustainable waste management on site.

Sustainable procurement

01

Ensure that a framework/ guidelines are developed to enhance sustainable procurement.

Renewable energy

01

Assessing the potential of using renewable energy technologies on site and identify which types are most suitable.

Business Society & Community

Resource Security

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