Delivering Crossrail, UK: a holistic approach to sustainability

Document type: Journal Publication
Author: Mike de Silva BSc PhD FCIWEM MIEEM CSci C.WEM, Rob Paris MSc MCIWEM MIES, ICE Publishing
Publication Date: 03/08/2015

  • Abstract

    This paper, published in the ICE Journal Engineering Sustainability provides a description of the scope of Crossrail, the importance of defining sustainability in the project’s strategy, how sustainability has been built into the delivery of the project, the governance structure employed and how performance is measured. Examples are provided of some of the key enablers and tools used on the project.

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    Mike de Silva BSc PhD FCIWEM MIEEM CSci C.WEM - Bechtel

    Sustainability Manager

    Mike has over 25 years of environmental and sustainability design and construction experience much of which has been gained in the rail industry. He has worked on the two largest rail link projects in the United Kingdom, Crossrail and High Speed 1. Mike worked as Sustainability Manager on the Crossrail between 2009 and 2017 and was responsible for delivering its sustainability strategy and reporting as well as leading on CEEQUAL and BREEAM project management, and had an assurance role on the management & measurement of the project’s carbon footprint. He is currently working on HS2 Phase 2b.

    He is well known in the industry and has published a number of works including the well reviewed Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors publication “Sustainability & the Property Lifecycle”. He has also sat on a number of working groups including CEEQUAL International, BREEAM Infrastructure and BES6001 a voluntary standard on responsible sourcing of construction materials & products, and is currently on the editorial panel for the ICE Journal, Engineering Sustainability.