Committee on Engineering and the Environment (CEE)

The Committee on Engineering and the Environment (CEE) engages in a facilitating role among its members and the WFEO community. Where necessary, this role may include leadership and coordination among members and other committees of WFEO.

Climate Change Adaptation

Climate Change Mitigation

Sustainable Practices for Engineers

Engineering and Agriculture

Sustainability and Mining

 

Background

Engineers Canada first served as host of the Committee on Engineering and the Environment (CEE), for a 4 year term from November 2007 to September 2011, and then in March 2011, Engineers Canada informed the World Federation of Engineering Organizations of its willingness to continue to host this committee for a second term from September 2011 to the WFEO General Assembly in December 2015. The Chair and Secretariat from Engineers Canada have prepared this strategic plan, which was formally approved by CEE members in September 2012. The Strategic plan is a living document that will evolve as the work evolves. From time to time the plan may be amended as the work of the various themes progresses and future opportunities arise.

In the first term of Engineers Canada hosting of the CEE, a four-year strategic plan (2008-2011) was developed and implemented over the four year term and concluded in September 2011. This plan builds on the outcomes of the first plan by continuing the work in some themes and undertaking work on new themes that have been proposed by WFEO member countries.

This plan includes the task to identify and secure the commitment of a new host country for the committee starting in January 2016, subject to the approval of the WFEO General Assembly.

This committee assumes its responsibilities and operate in accordance with Annex C – Standing Committees that is included as part of the WFEO Constitution which took effect following the WFEO General Assembly in September 2011. Sections of that Annex were incorporated in this plan under operations and finances.

Vision for WFEO-CEE

The Committee on Engineering and the Environment enables WFEO and the global engineering profession to support the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals through the development, application, promotion and communication of:

  • Environmentally sustainable engineering practices and technologies;
  • The adaptation of infrastructures to the impacts of a changing climate;
  • The assessing and promotion of clean technologies and engineering practices to mitigate climate change;
  • The engineering perspectives on the international elements of the agricultural supply chain to United Nations agencies and commissions, national members of the Federation and other international non-government organizations; and,
  • The developing guidelines for practicing engineers on responsible environmental stewardship and sustainable practices in various areas of practice including mining.

Mission Statement for WFEO-CEE

In partnership with its national members and other WFEO standing committees, the WFEO-CEE executes a thematic, results-oriented program for 2011-2015 that:

  • Increases the understanding of the global, regional, engineering and policy issues and solutions for the environmentally sustainable development of civil infrastructure and vital services;
  • Gathers and disseminates information and provides recommendations on the adaptation of civil infrastructures to the impacts and risks of climate change;
  • Develops and promulgates appropriate environmental and sustainable engineering practices in the least developed, developing and developed countries in mining and related industries;
  • Engages with the appropriate United Nations agencies, international non-government organizations and national members of WFEO to provide engineering advice and strategies related to the international agriculture and food security.
  • Further increase the profile and participation of the WFEO in the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) related to climate change adaptation and infrastructure vulnerability as well as advocating the application of clean technologies and energy conservation within national and international strategies to mitigate climate change;
  • Achieves recognition of the role and contributions of WFEO and the worldwide engineering profession towards the environment and sustainability elements of the UN Millennium Development Goals;
  • Supports the WFEO’s President’s Task Force to engage with the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development to provide the engineering perspective on the current issues;
  • Supports and raises WFEO’s profile and participation in the work of UNESCO and OECD as it relates to engineering and the environment;
  • Engages with other international bodies such as the World Meteorological Organization, FIDIC, International Water Association on projects that support the practice of engineering.

Mandate for CEE

The WFEO-CEE shall support the WFEO and the engineering profession worldwide by:

  • Encouraging and supporting CEE theme leaders to organize international webinars, workshops and seminars related to their work within the strategic plan.
  • Developing and promoting environmentally sustainable policies, strategies and practices to adapt engineering infrastructure to climate change impacts as well as for mitigating climate change.
  • Drafting practice guidelines and policies related to engineering and the environment for the consideration and approval of the WFEO Executive Council and WFEO members.
  • Participating as the WFEO representative in the UNFCCC Nairobi Work Program on Impacts, Vulnerabilities and Adaptation to Climate Change and representing WFEO at meetings of the UNFCCC.
  • Representing the CEE as one of the WFEO members on the Scientific and Technological Major Group that participates on the UN Commission on Sustainable Development.
  • Representing WFEO on the Farming First organization to provide engineering advice and review of reports, proposed policies and strategies related to agricultural production, storage and transportation and other issues as appropriate.
  • Providing the engineering perspective on agricultural supply chain and food security to the international agricultural community including the UN
  • Communicating to the WFEO and the international community on the work of the CEE.
  • Undertaking tasks at the request of the President such as developing a new task group to address engineering matters related to oceans, coastal and maritime issues.

Operating Principles

The WFEO-CEE engages in a facilitating role among its members and the WFEO community. Where necessary, this role may include leadership and coordination among members and other committees of the WFEO.

The WFEO-CEE conducts its business in a transparent, inclusive and consultative manner among its members as well as the other committees and structures within the WFEO by:

  • Working with local organizers to organize projects and advance progress on the themes
  • Inspiring and empowering our theme leaders and project participants, treating each other fairly and respectfully and fostering teamwork and collaboration
  • Encouraging collaboration among committee members as well as other standing committees of the WFEO as appropriate
  • Focusing on concrete and measurable deliverables and tracking progress
  • Communicating in an open, forthright and timely manner
  • Reporting to, and liaising with, the WFEO Executive Board and Council

The WFEO-CEE 2011-2015 Strategic Plan focuses on themes calculated to improve the utilization of limited financial and volunteer resources and enable more progress. One project from the 2008-2011 plan (Theme 5 – Environment and Sustainability Practice Guideline) has been carried over to allow completion of the consultation process within WFEO and its publication as an official guideline.

The plan is a “living” document that evolves as the work progresses. It is reviewed annually, and any adjustment is reported in a timely manner to the WFEO Executive Board and Council. The Plan and any subsequent versions are used by the committee to track progress and report to the WFEO Executive Board, Council and General Assembly.



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