To promote the UN Sustainability Development Goals that apply to deep foundations and excavation projects and help DFI members incorporate and advance sustainable practices.
Gerald Verbeek, MSc
Allnamics Pile Testing Experts BV
Gerald Verbeek received his BSc in Civil Engineering from Delft University of Technology in 1981 and his MSc in Structural Engineering from the same university in 1983. After spending about 20 years in the Oil and Gas industry, Gerald started a management consulting business, Verbeek Management Services (VMS), in 2004. One of the activities of his firm is helping European companies with their business in North America and as part of that he has been active in promoting soil and foundation testing philosophies and equipment. In the area of foundation testing this is done through Allnamics USA, which provides a wide range of foundation testing equipment and services, and in the area of soil testing through BCE, a provider of hardware and software for downhole seismic testing. Gerald is active in various organizations: TRB (he served many years as a member of AFS30 and is currently a member of AFP20, the committee for geotechnical site characterization), DFI (where he served for many years as the chair of the Testing & Evaluation Committee and currently chairs the DFI Sustainability Committee) and ASTM (where he is a member of D18, the committee on soil and rock and the chair of D18.01, the committee for surface and subsurface characterization).
Publicize Sustainability Efforts of DFI Corporate Members
Raise awareness and encourage adoption of sustainability tools and processes applied by DFI corporate members.
Publicize Sustainability Resources Internationally
Links to rating tools and sustainability guidance commonly used in infrastructure and building development.
Corporate Resources for Implementing Sustainable Practices
- CDP (previously Climate Disclosure Project) – A global disclosure and rating system for environmental impacts
- TCFD (Task-force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures) – A reporting tool to evaluate a company’s risks related to climate change and guide climate-related disclosures.
- GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) – A reporting and standards tool for companies to understand and communicate their environmental, social, and governance impacts.
- Envision – A rating and certification tool to evaluate the sustainability (including environmental, social, and economic aspects) of infrastructure projects.
- LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) – A rating and certification tool to evaluate the sustainability (including environmental, social, and economic aspects) of building projects.
- EU Taxonomy for Sustainable Activities – System to classify environmentally sustainable activities to aid in the qualification of companies for green financing.
- Science-Based Targets – Guidance for companies on developing science-based net-zero targets
- Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) – Greenhouse gas accounting standards and definition of Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions
- INVEST – FHWA’s sustainable highways self-evaluation tool
SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board) – An accounting standard to report on a company’s financial risks with regards to climate change as well as ESG disclosures.
UN Sustainability Goals – In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieve sustainable development for all.
NCHRP Research Report 916 – Sustainable Highway Construction Guidebook – provides practitioner-ready guidance on how to identify and implement practices that advance sustainability during the construction phase of a highway project.