Over the last couple of decades, sustainability has become an important focus for the industry. And since climate change, it’s only become an even hotter topic. A successful project has come to mean more than just technical perfection. To achieve increasingly complex client outcomes requiring the responsible interfacing of economic, social and environmental factors, engaging the right engineering professional is critical. But in a market oversaturated with promises, how do you know who is the right fit for your project?
More than ever, engineering services’ clients are requiring a whole-portfolio approach to optimise their sustainability performance in a cost effective way. Donald Cant Watts Corke (DCWC) provides an end-to-end sustainability service offering that spans the development of robust sustainability strategies and costed implementation plans to project and program delivery, as well as ongoing reporting and performance assessment. DCWC’s sustainability services differ from others in the market place, as we start at the strategic planning level and finish with comprehensive environmental and financial sustainability outcomes.
What we do know is, a sturdy history of delivering sustainable outcomes underpins trusted partnerships. DCWC has a strong environmental sustainability capability and history of supporting our clients to improve organisational performance and reduce their operating costs.
We have delivered a lot of sustainability strategy and planning in tertiary and secondary education, aged care, civic and health sectors with the development of:
Environmental Performance Assessments,
Energy and Carbon Management Plans, and
Strategies to minimise environmental footprint and reduce operational cost profile.
In one case our partnership with a tertiary education client was successful in receiving a significant loan under the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC). The implementation program includes super-efficient research equipment, energy efficiency upgrades and wind energy installation and is anticipated to reduce the university’s grid electricity demand by over 5%.
Our most notable sustainability projects to date can be seen within our three key sustainability focus areas below.
1. Sustainability Strategy Development, Implementation and Reporting
DCWC are experts at evaluating current performance including energy, carbon emissions, waste and water. DCWC is well versed in strategic planning including the development of performance targets, options for carbon neutrality / positivity, roadmaps to improvement, and implementation plans. Our stakeholder engagement involves bringing the organisation on the ‘sustainability journey’ with sustainability reporting and benchmarking performance.
We have recently delivered the following strategy development work in partnership with our clients:
Environmental Performance Assessments including development of sustainability targets and aligning improvement strategies for: - ACT Health, - Top End Health Service, - University of Queensland, - Murdoch University, - Monash University, and - TAFE NSW.
Western Sydney Airport, Suburban Roads Upgrades Project – we reviewed over 800 sustainability initiatives and provided advise on the requirements to achieve Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA0 certified ‘As-built’ ratings
Our cost planning capability ensures our sustainability strategies are developed within a financial framework and provide a positive return on investment. Our specialist Infrastructure Team ensures the development of robust cost plans for civil infrastructure work to support renewable energy projects.
We provided cost management services for the following high performance projects:
Australian Conservation Foundation 60L development, which won the Premier’s Business Sustainability Award and was one of the first Green Star rated buildings.
City of Melbourne’s Council House Redevelopment - a $70M 6 Star Green Star office facility.
DCWC offers project management services for the delivery of renewable and low carbon technology projects, as well as program management for energy and water efficiency upgrades
We provided project management and superintendency services for the University of Southern Queensland’s Sustainable Energy Solution project. It includes 2MW of rooftop photovoltaics and an integrated solar carpark.