Why sustainability should be on every project professional’s agenda
As governments worldwide set targets on reaching net-zero carbon, project professionals are being tasked with rethinking working practices to cut emissions. Everything from planning to procurement to team structures is being re-evaluated to meet sustainability targets. But it’s worth remembering that sustainability encompasses more than climate change. It means balancing the environmental, social, economic and administrative aspects of projects to meet current stakeholder needs, without compromising the needs of future generations.
Far from being an additional burden on project professionals, sustainability presents an opportunity for them to demonstrate their value in aligning with corporate strategic objectives around net zero. By embedding sustainability within every aspect of their projects, project professionals can make a big difference and boost their visibility to the organisation’s leadership.
In this episode, Mike Hine, online editor for APM’s Project journal, speaks to three experts working in the field of sustainability to find out more:
- Paul Mansell, independent major projects adviser
- Giulia Jones, sustainability manager, Mace
- Stuart Johnson, director, Stuart Johnson Consulting
- Find out more on APM’s resources page
- Prof Peter Morris, Climate Change and what the project profession should be doing about it: a UK perspective
- Projecting the Future, challenge paper 2, Climate Change, Clean Growth and Sustainability
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