Sustainability consulting

At Zutari, sustainability is at the heart of what we do. Our infrastructure solutions aspire to meet the needs of today without compromising the needs of tomorrow.

James Cullis
Expertise leader: Sustainability consulting

Given the fundamental role that infrastructure plays, it is not surprising that infrastructure is instrumental in meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Infrastructure provides essential services, such as transport, water and energy, which are critical in supporting the economy. It also enables people to access other services like healthcare and education, and allows them to participate in the economy by accessing markets and traveling to work. Infrastructure like dams, irrigation schemes, and water treatment facilities protect people from hazards by providing safe drinking water and reducing the risk of drought, while smart design and stormwater systems prevent flooding. Smart and sustainable infrastructure improves liveability and reduces our carbon footprint.

Unreliable infrastructure systems, on the other hand, limit the productivity of businesses and public services, increase production costs, and undermine business competitiveness, not to mention the adverse impact on the environment, communities and economies when infrastructure fail to deliver.

Sustainably engineered solutions are critical in meeting the challenges of climate change. It is undeniable that the climate is changing, and that even if the national commitments of reducing greenhouse gasses are achieved, there is sufficient inertia in the system that we will continue to see increasing risks for many years to come. Reducing our carbon footprint is essential to a sustainable business future and requires innovative solutions if we want to achieve the objectives of keeping the global temperature increase to below 1.5 degrees, considered by scientist to be a critical threshold.

Climate change also means that we need to find alternative solutions and work towards reducing vulnerability and adaptive capacity to deal with increasing risks from rising temperatures, rising sea levels, and increased risks of floods and droughts, while at the same time meeting many of the development imperatives of rapidly growing and urbanising populations around the world.

Recognising the benefits of ecological infrastructure and ecosystem-based adaptation is key to achieving these objectives.

Zutari has the multidisciplinary resources to support governments, the private sector, citizens and other stakeholders in developing and delivering sustainable infrastructure. We offer clients access to strategic advice, technical expertise, and advanced data analytics, as well as ensure project delivery, regulatory compliance and community acceptance.

It’s our access to these multi-disciplinary teams that allows us to offer true sustainable consulting services. We appreciate the full spectrum of developmental and infrastructure challenges in providing reliable water, energy, transportation and land development services. Combined with our strong advisory offerings of strategic advice, community and stakeholder engagement, environmental and climate change expertise, it is a perfect fit to clients in both private and public sector.

Given the fundamental role that infrastructure plays, it is not surprising that infrastructure is instrumental in meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Zutari has the multidisciplinary resources to support governments, the private sector, citizens and other stakeholders in developing and delivering sustainable infrastructure.

Sustainable infrastructure financing

It is not only natural resources that are finite; governments across the globe are increasingly grappling with limited financial resources to address their infrastructure needs.

Innovative transport solutions

Innovative and sustainable transport solutions are crucial to achieving the SDGs and to adapting to climate change, however, this requires a new way of thinking about the infrastructure needed to support these solutions.

Energy for the Future

Energy efficiency is about more than saving the planet, the survival of a business could depend on it. It requires all stakeholders in an enterprise to rationally think about the various energy consuming systems and develop coordinated plans of action, especially during design.

The true value of water

One of the greatest challenges for our collective future is linked to sufficient and sustainable water resources management and use. The water cycle and the life cycle are inextricably linked.

Industrial ecology

Zutari offers industrial ecology on a facility level, which is a specific method of green design that focuses on optimising material and energy flows through a system. This reduces the use of virgin materials, lowers emissions, increases energy efficiency, and reduces waste production.

Smart buildings

Sustainable buildings should make efficient use of space and materials, be cost effective to build and operate, and be great places to work, learn, play and live in. We at Zutari believe that it is possible to achieve sustainable design without compromising on these aspects.

Communication and stakeholder engagement

Businesses cannot thrive if societies don’t thrive. Government projects need local and community support to be successful, and social issues can present some of the highest risks to a project’s successful outcome.

Asset transformation

Planning for the closure or transformation of a large asset that is reaching its end of life is important to ensure long-term sustainability, but it is not a core business strength of most large asset owners.

Smart technology

By digitising assets, our clients can capture as-built data on infrastructure and view the day-to-day operational performance of those assets, quickly and inexpensively. This data and the analysis of it enable us to deliver a wide range of outputs that feed into the various stages of an asset’s life cycle.

Environmental impact assessments (EIAs)

In response to legal requirements and the communities’ heightened awareness of the environmental and social consequences of projects, pro-active environmental assessment has become a critical component during project design to secure environmental authorisations, licences and approvals.

Environmental management plans (EMPs)

At Zutari we specialise in drafting or operationalising a project environmental management plan (EMP), which is a systematic collection of project-specific mitigation measures designed to prevent and minimise impacts during construction, operation and decommissioning.

Auditing and verification

Environmental audits help to identify the risk of potential incidents as well as gaps in environmental performance and management systems. Zutari has experienced auditors to conduct formal environmental audits, such as verifying the implementation of an EMP.

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