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A BREEAM Infrastructure (pilot) Scheme Certificate has been awarded to HS2 in recognition of its hugely ambitious sustainability strategy.
The landmark assessment – a first for UK infrastructure – helps demonstrate HS2 Ltd’s commitment to environmental protection and the economic and social impacts associated with development.
Considerations include working with communities, being a good neighbour, prioritising safety and wellbeing, and building sustainable economic benefit for Great Britain – better skills and career opportunities for the next generation.
“We are very pleased to receive this BREEAM Infrastructure certificate,” said Peter Miller, Environment Director for HS2. “Our goal with HS2 is to design and build the most sustainable high-speed railway of its kind in the world, working in partnership with our supply chain and local communities to leave a positive legacy for future infrastructure projects both in the UK and beyond. This certificate is a testament to our sustainability commitments and to the lasting benefits of the HS2 project.”
BREEAM Infrastructure forms part of the international BREEAM family of sustainability standards for buildings and infrastructure. Later this year the best in BREEAM Infrastructure – together with sustainable infrastructure initiative, CEEQUAL – to provide an international scheme for the future, imaginatively titled CEEQUAL (2018). The CEEQUAL (2018) development process will include feedback and learning from BREEAM Infrastructure’s HS2 implementation.
Chris Broadbent, Director of Infrastructure at BRE, added: “From 2014 HS2 was the first project to engage with BRE in the development of BREEAM Infrastructure working with us to pioneer a new approach to a sustainability strategy which applies right across the entire HS2 project. This is a first for the UK and it will set the standards for future infrastructure projects around the world.”
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