Ilulissat, Greenland, reputed home of the iceberg that sank the Titanic, played host to the Annual Nordic Engineering summit on 16 June 2017. The purpose of the summit was to highlight the unique contribution of Nordic Consulting Engineers towards reducing climate change by creating a more sustainable society.

This year’s summit gathered representatives from all Nordic Countries and focused on Climate Change and Arctic Engineering. The UNESCO World Heritage site was selected to illustrate the real visual impacts of climate change. In less than a human lifetime – barely a blink of an eye in geologic time - the ice that once covered much of the sea around Ilulissat in the winter, allowing hunting, fishing and travel by dogsled is no more. A way of life millenniums old is lost here forever.  

Speaking in Ilulissat, the EFCA President Kevin Rudden highlighted that “the summit was a natural progression of the theme of the recent EFCA/FRI Copenhagen conference on Global challenges – sustainable solutions: the role of cities, companies and consultants. Climate change is natural, but what is unnatural is the rapid pace of the change; a pace accelerated by a reckless disregard for the degradation of the planet”

The industry understands the continued development of green technology and is anxious to contribute with its know-how to attain a more climate friendly society. However, the development towards more sustainable building processes and climate friendly societies is too slow. To speed up the process better regulation and incentives are essential.

The Nordic consulting engineers demand following actions:

  • Planning and investment in infrastructure and buildings must be long term with a strong focus on climate efficient development.
  • Stricter regulations so that a good and sustainable development is promoted both before and during planning and construction of buildings and infrastructure.
  • Economic incentives to develop long environmental friendly technologies and climate smart societies.
  •  A clear legislation regarding prevention of waste.

The Nordic consulting engineering industry can positively and uniquely contribute to the goals set in the UN 2030-Agenda towards a more sustainable way of living. This is not a mere aspiration; it’s a necessity.