Sowing the seeds of change
Costain’s Sam White and Gavin Stonard, reflect on discussions from the recent Social Contract summit and in particular the role behaviours and culture can have on the long term resilience and security of our water supply.
How to value social outcomes in the nuclear sector
In this article, John Edwards, Discipline Lead, Environment, Sustainability & Social Value and Trevor Brown, Sellafield Project Director, help to define social value and spotlight the work being undertaken in Cumbria as part of Costain’s role in the Nexus Decommissioning Alliance, supporting Sellafield on its Decommissioning Delivery Partnership (DDP).
ECITB Collabor8 – Decarbonising industry: Net zero in the industrial clusters
How can industry create a strategy to offset their emissions? What are the key challenges for industrial decarbonisation? What actions need to be taken to ensure we have the skills needed to meet the net zero challenge?
Applying a quality conscience to safety-critical major projects
We should all understand how to apply a quality conscience on a small scale, but how about when working on safety-critical major projects? Martin Davies, Project Quality Director, Lee Davies, HS2 Client Director, and Leigh Wakefield, Civil Nuclear Director, all at construction and engineering company Costain, draw on their cross-industry experiences to outline five key learnings for transforming the performance of infrastructure in heavily regulated environments.
Powering aviation with hydrogen
The aviation sector accounts for 6% of all UK greenhouse gases. It’s therefore unsurprising that a key challenge the country faces is ensuring that the sector plays its part in supporting our march to net zero by 2050. The recently announced Jet Zero strategy is central to tackling this challenge.
How to value social outcomes in the water sector
Infrastructure is facing an enormous challenge, including population growth and climate change, making economic and environmental resilience now more urgent than ever.
Jeremy Galpin, Social Value Consultancy Lead at Costain calls on the sector to use the Value Toolkit from the earliest stages of project-planning to improve the social, economic and environmental value across the lifecycle of assets.
How a collaborative and committed quality culture transforms project performance
First published as an interview in the CQI’s Quality World magazine, Martin Davies, project quality director at Costain describes how its Quality Culture Programme is making a difference to large complex infrastructure projects.
We’ve agreed a net zero target by 2050 but have we agreed a technically deliverable plan to get there?
It is widely accepted that the way we fuel our cars, heat our homes and generate power, needs to change if we are to meet our decarbonisation commitments and address the developing climate crisis. An initial emphasis on electricity-based solutions has promoted the rise in popularity of electric cars, and more recently installation of heat pumps in homes.
Airport fit for Air Force One
Just eight weeks before global heads of state were expected in the UK for the G7 summit, Costain’s combined consultancy and complex programme delivery expertise was called upon to ensure the smooth arrival of Air Force One and VVIP passenger US President Joe Biden at Cornwall’s Newquay Airport on 11th June 2021.