Peter Boswell has been helping develop and support FIDIC's Urban Sustainability Management programme activities. This page is updated in the light of participation to promote USM at COP24, the UN Climate Change Conference (Katowice, Poland; 2 - 14 December 2018; see COP24 USM  events and COP24 USM presentations by Peter Boswell).


FIDIC's USM programme was launched following the publication in 2016 of the ISO 37101 standard Sustainable development in communities -- Management system for sustainable development -- Requirements with guidance for use.

FIDIC was a member of the team that drafted the standard and remains actively engaged in developing implementation guides for both:

  • the public sector (ISO37104, now in the Draft International Standard stage and to be published in 2019); and
  • the project level (to be formally proposed to ISO as a New Work Item Proposal in April 2019). 

These guides are related to standards and  indicator sets for city services (ISO 37120) and for smart (ISO 37122) and resilient (ISO37124) cities.

The FIDIC USM activities are coordinated by the FIDIC Sustainable Development Committee chaired by Jean Félix (jd.felix@orange.fr).

1. Recent events

A recent activity was to present (PDF) the FIDIC USM activities at COP23 in Bonn in November 2017 at a special side event (PDF).

A second major event was a 9th World Urban Forum  Networking Event titled "Aligning commitments and expectations to achieve SDGs and the New Urban Agenda" (Friday, 9 February 2018; 09:00 - 11:00; Room 402, Kuala Lumpur Convention Center), see USMS.online.

2. Activities

The main FIDIC USM activities being carried out up to March 2018 are summarised below (this section will be updated for COP24).

  • ISSCC: the city of Hanzhou in China has agreed to organise a "club of cities" in association with France's standards organisation AFNOR to support dissemination and promotion of the standard, possibly by organising mirror committees in various countries. Hangzhou organised the launch of the club on 30 June 2017 in which FIDIC participated. The club is referred to as the International Smart Sustainable City Club (ISSCC) in a press release and a recent AFNOR presentation (PDF). FIDIC aims to continue to support the club as it develops. ISSCC updates will be reported at an ISSCC meeting in Hangzhou on 2 February 2018.
  • International Standardization Cooperation on Sustainable Business Districts, a new alliance that builds upon the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco City pilot summarised below. This standardisation activity will be discussed at the ISSCC meeting in Hangzhou on 2 February 2018 and reportedly will involve up to some 50 business districts in China. FIDIC will be represented.
  • Pilot projects:  Hanzhou in China was selected to implement an ISO 37101 pilot project (see ISO news item). Also in China, the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco City (SSTEC)  is to become an ISO 37101 pilot programme and a case study for the ISO37104 guide (see presentation PDF). A forum will be organized by the SSTEC Legislative Bureau) prior to the next meeting (in Zuhai, China, in May 2018) of the ISO 268 committee and working groups that develop the USM standards and implementation guides. FIDIC aims to engage wherever possible in such pilot projects to obtain feedback for its other USM activities.
  • Urban Sustainability Management Platform (USMP.online): building on the Project/Programme Sustainability Logbook Platform (PPSL.online), a platform is being developed that provides tools to help implement the ISO 37101 standard.
  • Awareness raising webinars: FIDIC organises a series of awareness raising seminars  in partnership with other organisations including UN Environment, ISOCARP, the Global Cities Institute, and ICLEI. The announcement for the most recent webinar in the series is available (PDF) together with the main presentation that is given by Thierry Marneffe, Peter Boswell and Jean Félix (PDF). Further webinars are planned for 2018, the first taking place on 22 January 2018 (see announcement). Beyond this, the paln is to dedicate webinars to specific regions (in local languages) and areas of activity.
  • Guides: participation in the development of guides, notably a proposed guide for implementing the ISO 37101 standard at the project level so that a project meets the aspirations and requirements of an ISO 37101 system that may or may not be implemented at a city, community or neighbourhood level. Secondly, aside from the ISO37104 city implementation guide, guides have also been proposed for business districts, communities and ports with business districts perhaps receiving the most attention. 
  • Training modules: the development of training modules that would form part of the FIDIC Guide to Practice Training manual and training programme that includes modules for environment management, risk management and quality management as these represent essential tools for consulting engineers and their clients.
  • Training programmes: incorporation of USM into the FIDIC Young Professionals Training Programme (YPMTP) and the FIDIC Certified Consulting Engineer (FCCE) pilot programme. The next FCCE training programme starts in late-March 2018 in Hangzhou and is organised by a FIDIC China represenative office that is being established. The aim is to include an evening seminar on Urban Sustainability Management that is open to the public.
  • Promotion: promotion of the ISO37101 management system approach in international fora such as to present the FIDIC USM activities (PDF) at COP23 in Bonn at a special side event (PDF) as well as at events to be organised at the UN Habitat 2017 9th World Urban Forum. The aim is also to incorporate USM in tools such as those developed by the UN Environment Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction
  • Indicators: participation with UN Habitat in developing metadata, methodologies and new  and revised indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Commitments: FIDIC released at COP23 a statement (PDF) of the consulting engineering industry's commitments to the Paris climate change agreement that include supporting the the Urban Sustainability Management Platform. The commitments require promotion of the USMP and its tools to FIDIC Member Associations, which are expected to report on progress in implementing the commitments. FIDIC also aims to develop a common set of commitments with partners from the built environment sector. The FIDIC commitments will also form the basis for discussions at a 2018 World Urban Forum Networking Event in Kuala Lumpur, see announcement and background.



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