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But it's not only about money and
will. What's more important, he says, is
innovation and creativity.
'We should get smart in terms of where
we are going to position ourselves, because
it’s quite clear that clients will need to fnd
the most effective ways to get longevity
out of the assets for the minimum capital
expenditure,' he says.
‘If you can fnd ways to get those assets
ft for purpose once again, you will carve
out a competitive market position.
'We are working across assets that are
creaking and groaning as a result of age and
extreme weather, so we might as well get
smart about it.'
There are three parts to this strategy, he
says. The frst is to develop innovations. The
second is to monitor market trends, and
the fnal part is getting your own business
right and making it run more sustainably;
something that delivers signifcant cost
'By virtue of being sustainable, you look
at your supply chain and suddenly you see
all these ineffciencies. Yes, you are more
sustainable, but you also get a big windfall
because you have looked at it properly.'
Similarly, savings can be achieved by
providing sustainable infrastructure. 'If
you are building power stations or water
treatment plants, they are operational assets
that will be there a long time, so the impact
is more dramatic the more effcient you
Taylor says that political and societal
forces are equally important drivers.
'People will demand [sustainability], and
governments will do what they think they
need to do,' he says.
'It's both a threat and an opportunity for
business, and we are at a juncture where
in the next fve years you will see the
winners as the ones who have transitioned
effectively. The ones who have ignored it
will get into a mess.'
Parsons Brinckerhoff's Arek Sinanian
says that some of the most vulnerable
infrastructure will be the nation's transport
networks, with rail lines, roads, tunnels
and bridges all susceptible to damage from
storm surges, fooding and other extreme
weather events. Hospitals and the power
grid could prove vulnerable too, as heat
waves drive demand for emergency services
The effects will vary, depending on the
location and type of infrastructure. Any
assessment of vulnerabilities will have
to take into account issues such as the
location, the materials used to construct the
infrastructure, and the level of usage.
Taylor says that
will do what they
think they need to
' he says.
Ross Taylor, Chief Executive, Tenix
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