A Call to Action to Save the Planet from Climate Change — Part 3 in a Series

A Call to Action to Save the Planet from Climate Change — Part 3 in a Series

Part 3 in a Series: Can Engineers Save the Planet from Climate Change and Its Effects?

By Rodrigo Fernandes, Ph.D, Director, ES(D)G – Empowering Sustainable Development Goals

A call to action

I’ve been passionate about the environment since I started working on a research and development team for ecology and marine resources 20 years ago. The research center director was my environmental engineering Ph.D. supervisor and a great mentor. He told me many times that “the most valuable asset of any organization is its soul: a shared purpose, built around an audacious goal and a set of common values.” His words made an immediate and significant impact on me.

For Bentley, that shared purpose is to empower our users to advance infrastructure responsibly. We call it Empowering Sustainable Development Goals or ES(D)G for short. Our conviction is that it is our users, the engineers, builders, owners, and operators of infrastructure who, – aided by the power and insights provided by our software, can future-proof the infrastructure needed to accomplish the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Therefore, we often speak of Bentley’s SDG “handprint” as our corporate goal to empower our users to achieve SDGs globally.

“The most valuable asset of any organization is its soul: a shared purpose, built around an audacious goal and a set of common values.”

I’m now fully convinced that digital twin solutions will be an essential enabler and accelerator in transforming infrastructure performance towards sustainable development goals.

But why?

Managing infrastructure usually involves managing complex supply chains (demanding data synchronization), a multidiscipline approach (with multiple data formats, needing proper alignment), and long-lived assets (thus data needs to be transferable across all lifecycle stages).

Currently, digital twins are the only technological approach to efficiently address all those infrastructure challenges, enabling faster transitioning towards low-carbon, resilient pathways.

More than a year ago, during the pandemic, I was conducting market research on the environmental industry. As I witnessed the acceleration of digital transformation across our users and partners, it became evident that we could harness our digital twin technology to support better and smarter decisions around environmental engineering, specifically through tracking of environmental KPIs and carbon intelligence.

As I gathered more information across multiple colleagues, peers, and users, I was overwhelmed by the large number of engineers calling out for better and more efficient workflows for measuring environmental footprints and developing life cycle analysis (LCA) for their infrastructure projects.

Some engineers envisioned purpose-built solutions where environmental impacts were not only quantified and reported but also reduced, based on informed decisions starting in the early stages of infrastructure projects. The first obvious use-case was to build a solution for carbon footprint assessment and embodied carbon optimization for infrastructure projects.

More in the next blog post about climate change…

This article was reposted with prior written permission of Bentley Systems. © 2022 Bentley Systems, Incorporated.

(Source: Fernandes, Rodrigo. “Can Engineers Save the Planet from Climate Change and Its Effects?” Bentley Blog, Bentley Systems, 9 Mar. 2022, https://blog.bentley.com/can-engineers-save-the-planet-from-climate-change-and-its-effects/.)

About Bentley

Bentley Systems (Nasdaq: BSY) is the infrastructure engineering software company. We provide innovative software to advance the world’s infrastructure – sustaining both the global economy and environment. Our industry-leading software solutions are used by professionals, and organizations of every size, for the design, construction, and operations of roads and bridges, rail and transit, water and wastewater, public works and utilities, buildings and campuses, mining, and industrial facilities. Our offerings include MicroStation-based applications for modeling and simulation, ProjectWise for project delivery, AssetWise for asset and network performance, Seequent’s leading geoprofessional software portfolio, and the iTwin platform for infrastructure digital twins. Bentley Systems employs more than 4,500 colleagues and generates annual revenues of approximately $1 billion in 186 countries.

ClimaTwin™ empowers infrastructure stakeholders to mitigate climate risks and assess adaptation actions across the total asset lifecycle.

© 2022 ClimaTwin Corp. ClimaTwin™, ClimaTwin Basic™, ClimaTwin Enterprise™, and the ClimaTwin logo are trademarks of ClimaTwin Corp. All rights reserved.

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Engineers and the Climate Change Challenge — Part 2 in a Series

Engineers and the Climate Change Challenge — Part 2 in a Series

Part 2 in a Series: Can Engineers Save the Planet from Climate Change and Its Effects?

By Rodrigo Fernandes, Ph.D, Director, ES(D)G – Empowering Sustainable Development Goals

The climate change challenge

The 2030 milestones to achieve the Paris Agreement and SDG targets are rapidly approaching. In face of a climate emergency, action is desperately required to reduce climate change and its harmful impacts ensuring that future development is sustainable, resilient, and inclusive. Furthermore, while making “the big shift” to mitigate climate change and decarbonize infrastructure is an extraordinary task, we simultaneously need to adapt and increase resilience to the climate change effects that are already underway.

An unprecedented transformation is underway in infrastructure, helping reduce carbon emissions and making our communities more resilient to the inevitable impacts of climate change.

We can see this transformation already happening on multiple levels – with the coronavirus pandemic accelerating the pace even more. Consumers and employees have never been so active and aware of the climate emergency: Cities are adopting SDGs as a high priority; Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) investing is exploding within the private sector, with impressive numbers in venture capital and mergers & acquisitions recorded over the last few years and particularly in 2021; Stricter regulations and a shift toward green public investment to address climate change mitigation and adaptation challenges are already on the agenda of many governments; and finally, ESG is now an essential and strategic component of almost every business strategy through increased reporting and disclosure along with corporate directives to establish net-zero pledges, commitments, or even transitioning business strategies to turn risks into opportunities.

More in the next blog post about climate change…

This article was reposted with prior written permission of Bentley Systems. © 2022 Bentley Systems, Incorporated.

(Source: Fernandes, Rodrigo. “Can Engineers Save the Planet from Climate Change and Its Effects?” Bentley Blog, Bentley Systems, 9 Mar. 2022, https://blog.bentley.com/can-engineers-save-the-planet-from-climate-change-and-its-effects/.)

About Bentley

Bentley Systems (Nasdaq: BSY) is the infrastructure engineering software company. We provide innovative software to advance the world’s infrastructure – sustaining both the global economy and environment. Our industry-leading software solutions are used by professionals, and organizations of every size, for the design, construction, and operations of roads and bridges, rail and transit, water and wastewater, public works and utilities, buildings and campuses, mining, and industrial facilities. Our offerings include MicroStation-based applications for modeling and simulation, ProjectWise for project delivery, AssetWise for asset and network performance, Seequent’s leading geoprofessional software portfolio, and the iTwin platform for infrastructure digital twins. Bentley Systems employs more than 4,500 colleagues and generates annual revenues of approximately $1 billion in 186 countries.

ClimaTwin™ empowers infrastructure stakeholders to mitigate climate risks and assess adaptation actions across the total asset lifecycle.

© 2022 ClimaTwin Corp. ClimaTwin™, ClimaTwin Basic™, ClimaTwin Enterprise™, and the ClimaTwin logo are trademarks of ClimaTwin Corp. All rights reserved.

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Engineers Saving the Planet from Climate Change — A Series on Infrastructure

Engineers Saving the Planet from Climate Change — A Series on Infrastructure

Can Engineers Save the Planet from Climate Change and Its Effects?

By Rodrigo Fernandes, Ph.D, Director, ES(D)G – Empowering Sustainable Development Goals

Globally, we continue to witness the increasingly destructive impacts of climate change on human and natural systems. The increased frequency and intensity of extreme climatic events such as wildfires, floods, and droughts are costing lives, disrupting infrastructure, economies, and setting back development progress that has taken years to establish. According to research published in the journal Nature Climate Change, at least 85% of the world’s population has been affected by events directly related to climate change and extreme weather events. In January of this year, the Washington Post reported that more than 40 percent of Americans live in counties that were hit by climate-related disasters in 2021.

In 2015, two crucial pathways for a sustainable future were defined.

At the Paris Agreement, most of the world committed to a common goal of keeping the increase in global temperatures to below 2°C and confirmed continuing efforts to limit temperature rises to 1.5°C. This international treaty on climate change was signed at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC). As of November 2021, 193 members of the UNFCCC are parties to the agreement.

Also in 2015, all UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a plan of action defined by 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet, to be implemented by every country till 2030. SDG 13 is about “Taking Urgent Action to Combat Climate Change”. Crucially, SDG 13 underlines that the task is being advanced under the UNFCCC to minimize the duplication of efforts and optimize finite resources.

According to the two pathways described above, we have now less than ten years to halve global greenhouse gas emissions and meet the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to less than 1.5°C. This is undoubtedly one of the most significant innovation challenges we have ever faced. Furthermore, while we face this decarbonization challenge, we simultaneously need to implement “incremental and transformative solutions” in order to keep up with the “rapid and significant changes in our climate and our world,” according to the most recent IPCC report.

Approximately 79% of all global greenhouse gas emissions come from infrastructure, according to the United Nations Environmental Programme. Although the energy sector remains the most significant contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, infrastructure systems play a direct role in nearly all of the top 11 sectors where our society produces most greenhouse gases that are changing our climate, according to Climate Watch.

On the other hand, infrastructure is a crucial driver for growth, employment, and better quality of life. Moreover, there cannot be significant progress on climate action without infrastructure. Low-emission, climate-resilient development pathways depend on how, when, and at what scale we future-proof our infrastructure and make it sustainable.

More in the next blog post about climate change…

This article was reposted with prior written permission of Bentley Systems. © 2022 Bentley Systems, Incorporated.

(Source: Fernandes, Rodrigo. “Can Engineers Save the Planet from Climate Change and Its Effects?” Bentley Blog, Bentley Systems, 9 Mar. 2022, https://blog.bentley.com/can-engineers-save-the-planet-from-climate-change-and-its-effects/.)

About Bentley

Bentley Systems (Nasdaq: BSY) is the infrastructure engineering software company. We provide innovative software to advance the world’s infrastructure – sustaining both the global economy and environment. Our industry-leading software solutions are used by professionals, and organizations of every size, for the design, construction, and operations of roads and bridges, rail and transit, water and wastewater, public works and utilities, buildings and campuses, mining, and industrial facilities. Our offerings include MicroStation-based applications for modeling and simulation, ProjectWise for project delivery, AssetWise for asset and network performance, Seequent’s leading geoprofessional software portfolio, and the iTwin platform for infrastructure digital twins. Bentley Systems employs more than 4,500 colleagues and generates annual revenues of approximately $1 billion in 186 countries.

ClimaTwin™ empowers infrastructure stakeholders to mitigate climate risks and assess adaptation actions across the total asset lifecycle.

© 2022 ClimaTwin Corp. ClimaTwin™, ClimaTwin Basic™, ClimaTwin Enterprise™, and the ClimaTwin logo are trademarks of ClimaTwin Corp. All rights reserved.

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American Society of Civil Engineers COP26 Climate Statement Urges UN Action

As the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) begins, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) issues a COP26 climate statement or “communique,” to address climate change and encourage infrastructure resiliency.

Prepared by the ASCE Committee on Sustainability and approved by the ASCE Board of Direction during its quarterly meeting in October of 2021, the ASCE COP26 communique aligns with the ASCE Policy Statement 360 on climate change.

Further, the communique calls for “…developing a new paradigm for engineering practice in a world in which climate is changing but the rate and extent of change and subsequent impacts cannot be projected with a high degree of certainty.”

The climate statement recommends “…revisions to engineering design standards, codes, regulations, and associated laws that strengthen the sustainability and resiliency of infrastructure at high risk of being affected by climate change.”

ASCE 2022 President Dennis Truax asserts that “…the imperative to act now to mitigate climate change is becoming plainer by the day… engineers play as critical a role as there is in reducing carbon emissions from our infrastructure.”

© 2021 American Society of Civil Engineers.

ClimaTwin™ empowers infrastructure stakeholders to mitigate climate risks and assess adaptation actions across the total asset lifecycle.

© 2021 ClimaTwin Corp. ClimaTwin™, ClimaTwin Basic™, ClimaTwin Enterprise™, and the ClimaTwin logo are trademarks of ClimaTwin Corp. All rights reserved.

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