“Global challenges – sustainable solutions: the role of cities, companies and consultants” is the theme of the EFCA Conference 2017. The seventeen global Sustainable Development Goals, that were decided by the United Nations before the end of 2015, set an ambitious, yet necessary, agenda for global development. For Europe the Sustainable Development Goals is just one driver of change. Another is the Paris Agreement on climate change. A third is the changing business environment, where it is no longer decisions by nations but decisions made by cities, regions and companies across Europe, across the world, that is in fact driving change.

As an industry, European consulting engineering firms can design and deliver the solutions that are required to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we can design solutions and systems that are essential for meeting the requirements of the Paris Agreement on climate change. But as an industry, we need to understand the drivers of change, what are the macro trends? We need to understand the legislation and the formal set-up of regulation and we need to understand the demands, wishes and requirements of our clients – and of our global competitors.

Global challenges and the demand for sustainable solutions will drive business opportunities and create challenges for Consulting engineering firms across Europe. How to position ourselves as an industry and as individual firms in a changing marketplace will be some of the key takeaways from the EFCA Conference 2017.

Download the detailed programme for the conference (Version: May 29th 2017)
  • EFCA board meeting, EFCA GAM, Reporting from committees and taskforces, Business workshops [Opportunities in EU procurement rules | Developing projects in Low and Middle Income countries | Sustainable infrastructure of cities | Building Information Modelling (BIM)], special YP-programme
  • Welcome reception at the Copenhagen Town Hall in the evening (19-20.30)
EFCA Business Day
09.00-12.00 EFCA Board meeting (EFCA Board members only)
09.00-16.30 YP Business Programme and Technical tour
11.00-12.30 Optional Construction site visit to BloxHub and information about the BloxHub project by Kent Martinussen, CEO of DAC
12.00-13.00 Lunch: sandwiches are provided
13.00-14.15 EFCA General Assembly Meeting 
14.15-15.00 Presentations on activities of EFCA Committees and Task Forces 
15.00-15.30 Coffee and networking 
15.30-17.00 Business workshop A: Opportunities in EU procurement rules

Thue Jørsel, Senior consultant, City of Copenhagen: “What is the Right Procedure?” |  Koning, Wittenveen +Bos: “What are the right incentives (price vs. quality)?” | Malcolm Costigan, Senior consultant, Danish Building and Property Agency: “The right form of dialogue”

15.30-17.00 Business workshop B: Developing projects in Low and Middle Income countries
Roundtable discussion with Stephen Hart, European Investment Bank on the EIB perspective on project development in low and middle income countries moderated by Ines Ferguson, TYPSA
15.30-17.00 Business workshop C: Sustainable infrastructure of cities

Jean Félix, EFCA SD COM chair and Peter Boswell, Bricad Associates: “the use of a sustainability management system for cities based on ISO 37101”| Marie Kåstrup, programme manager, City of Copenhagen: Cycling infrastructure in metropolitan cities | Steffen Rasmussen, section chief, Center for Traffic, City of Copenhagen: “Intelligent transportation systems”

15.30-17.00 Business workshop D. BIM (Building Information Modelling)

Christophe Castaing, Groupe Egis: “European standardization of BIM” | Torben Klitgaard, CEO BLOX and Stig Brinck, NIRAS: “BIM – state of art in Denmark (Key learnings, how is it used and with what effect?) and a view into the future of BIM and digitization”

All events are held at the main conference venue Industriens Hus (meeting rooms: Ambition 3, 7, 17 and 19)
Evening programme: Welcome reception
19.00-20.30 Welcome reception at Copenhagen Town Hall (a five minute walk from conference venue and conference hotels) 
  • Main conference. CEO lunch with a guest speaker Andrej Avelini, EFCG. Other participants will have a networking lunch and visit State of Green.
  • Conference dinner to be held in the National Aquarium of Denmark ”Den Blå Planet” (18.30-23.00). Busses depart from Conference venue at 18.10. 
EFCA Conference: Global challenges – sustainable solutions and the role of cities, companies and consultants
08.00-09.15 Registration
09.15-09.30 Welcome /FRI President Carsten Toft Boesen, CEO NIRAS
09.30-10.00 Macro-trends & Global Challenges / Jock Martin,Head of Integrated Environmental Assessments (IEA), European Environmental Agency
10.00-10.30 EU’s role in ensuring climate adaptation and a resilient Europe /Claus Kondrup, Acting Head of Unit, DG Clima
10.30-11.00 Coffee and networking 
11.00-11.20 C40 Cities that act /Kevin Austin, Deputy Executive director C40
11.20-11.40 Liveable Cities /Jeff Risom, Partner, Managing Director, Gehl Architects, USA
11.40-12.00 Joint Q&A session with Kevin Austin and Jeff Risom
12.00-12.30 YP Awards. Announcement of European Young Professional of the year 2017 (incl. presentation)

CEO participants. CEO Lunch 7th floor (Guest speaker. Andrej Avelini, Managing Director, EFCG on trends, development and M&A’s in the global a/e/c-industry)
Other participants. Network lunch, LobbyOptional lunch activity: Visit to State of Green (located at the Conference venue 1st floor) for a showcase of sustainable solutions, at 13.30 State of Green CEO Finn Mortensen will present State of Green

14.30-14.45 Sustainable projects: the importance of design and the value of consulting engineers / Thierry Lambert, General Delegate for the Nordic Countries and Baltic States, Saint-Gobain
14.45-15.00 Sustainability as a factor, when investing in infrastructure, renewable energy and long term assets /Ashvind Kumar Guness, Investment Director for Alternative Investment, Danske Capital
15.00-15.20 Sustainable Copenhagen – planning and financing a long term vision/Technical Mayor of Copenhagen Morten Kabell
15.20-15.50 Coffee and networking
15.50-16.10 Sustainable urban development of Amsterdam / Bart van der Heijden, Senior City Planner, City of Amsterdam 
16.10-16.30 Working with consultants for sustainable visions in the pharmaceutical industry/Susanne Stormer, Vice President Corporate Sustainability, Novo Nordisk
16.30-17.25 Debate on setting and achieving sustainable goals for cities and companies – and the role of consultants in implementation (DG Clima, Novo Nordisk and City of Copenhagen, City of Amsterdam)
17.25-17.30 Conference wrap-up /Managing director of FRI Henrik Garver
Conference moderator. Jacki Davis, Meade Davis Communications
Venue. Main Conference Hall, Industriens Hus
Evening programme: Conference Dinner at the National Aquarium of Denmark “Den Blå Planet”
18.10 Busses depart from the conference venue (Industriens Hus)
18.30 Guided tour and dinner at the National Aquarium of Denmark “Den Blå Planet”
23.00 Busses depart from Den Blå Planet
Social tour: Guided canal tour of Copenhagen (DAC supplies guides) and lunch at the Tower of Christiansborg Palace (home of the Danish Parliament Folketinget)
9.00 Departure from the lobby of the Radisson Blu Royal or from the lobby of Hotel The Square
9.30 Departure from Kalvebod Brygge with canal tour boat
11.30 Lunch (Danish open sandwiches) in the Tower of Christiansborg Palace
13.00 Enjoy the view over Copenhagen from the Tower