30 nov 2017

Royal HaskoningDHV was a key panellist at an industry event in Turkey exploring the long term impact of infrastructure assets on the community and environment.

Addressing topics such as sustainability, climate change and carbon reduction, IPFA Turkey: Istanbul: Promoting Sustainability Across Infrastructure Delivery was an event for leading industry experts to share their experiences and ideas.

The event was also a platform for Government authorities, private companies and lenders to highlight the importance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) best practices and their integration into Project delivery.

Omri Gainsburg (Director for Turkey and Eurasia at Meridiam), Selvihan Balcioglu (Environmental Engineer at Mott MacDonald), Martine Leman (Sustainable Resource Management Consultant, Royal HaskoningDHV) and  Ginette Borduas (ESG Compliance Officer at Meridiam)


As a leading company and innovator in this field, Royal HaskoningDHV Turkey, locally operating under the name ELC Group, was invited to take part in a panel discussion on the topic ‘Integrating Sustainable and ESG Practices into Project Delivery’.

Martine Leman, Royal HaskoningDHV’s Sustainable Resources Management Consultant, shared valuable insights and learnings on how project sponsors should manage environmental and social impacts during the respective engineering, construction and operation phases of the project development.

Martine commented: ““Sustainable long term financing is essential to improving an infrastructure asset’s long term viability. Raising this financing together with international finance institutions not only allows this to happen but also enables environmental and social commitments to be in line with international standards.

“This event was a fantastic opportunity to discuss the latest approaches and gain insight in creating these long term partnerships both in Turkey and around the world. Royal HaskoningDHV’s leadership in the field of environmental consultancy is augmented by our innovative approach which is evident from the recent launch of the pioneering digital EIA tool which has been much lauded across the industry.”

The panel discussion also examined areas including the impact infrastructure projects have on the local community; the social and environmental effects of a project; the potential impact of climate change on an asset, and whether or not a project contributes towards the global drive for carbon reduction.

Haluk Sayar, ELC Royal HaskoningDHV’s Business Development Director (Environmental) in Turkey, “Turkey is an established green buildings market with the country in the top ten of USGBC’s annual ranking for LEED certification. There has never been a better time for private firms and the financial institutions that finance them to make sustainable investments in Turkey. ELC Royal HaskoningDHV Turkey aims to bring expertise to realize more green buildings and offer sustainable solutions for construction sector in Turkey and the neighbour countries.

Royal HaskoningDHV’s consultancy services include Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD) and Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) as well as National Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the company is on the shortlist of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).