NIQS urges govt to develop climate-resilient infrastructure
The President, Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS), Abba Tor, has stressed the need for Nigeria to develop infrastructure that are environmentally friendly, economically responsive, financially attractive that considers social factors and institutionally sustainable.
Briefing journalists on the Biennial Conference and General meeting of the NIQS on ‘Climate change and Global Disasters: Developing Sustainable Infrastructure Amidst Declining Economic Resources,’ Tor urged the Federal government to consider moving away from expensive, unreliable and highly polluting carbon development to more climate-resilient society that ensures low carbon growth.
The NIQS president explained that the concept of sustainable infrastructure development refers to equipment and systems that are designed to meet essential services required by the populace such as roads, bridges, telephone and power generations, while taking full cognisance of the principles of sustainable development is no longer news that climate change poses huge threat to humankind and to the survival of ‘our shared world’.
He said, “According to Global Status Report, buildings and construction jointly account for 36 per cent of global final energy use and 39 per cent of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
“The report suggested that the intensity per square metre of the global buildings sector needs to improve on average by 30 per cent by 2030 in order to be in line with global climate ambitions set out in the Paris Agreement. Therefore, buildings and construction sector should be a primary target for Green House Gas (GHG) emissions mitigation efforts.”
Tor observed that in order to promote better policies for the people and the environment, the institute has crafted out the theme of this conference to address climate change and sustainable infrastructure development.
He noted that the institute has invited industry professionals that are knowledgeable in the concept of sustainable development to deliver paper during the conference in Abuja.