environment and sustainability

knowledge and experience at the service of the future

The future depends on what we do in the present.

Mahatma Ghandi

The growing society conscience about the adverse impacts of human action on climate change, determine behavior change and the definition of goals that can reverse in the medium and long term the impacts of anthropogenic actions and that simultaneously promote a competitive economy, circular, resilient, carbon neutral and a better quality of life. ISQ has a complete portfolio of solutions to address environmental and sustainability challenges.

Production and Consumption

Aware that the sustainability of the industry of the future will be largely related to the progress of the circular economy, ISQ is committed to the development of Research & Development and Innovation (R&Di) projects and to the offer of a diversified set of services that allow organizations to implementation of the various circular economy strategies and models, particularly focused on smart production and use.

ISQ SERVICES FOR CIRCULAR ECONOMY:

In a sustainable circular economy, products are designed to be long-lasting and to be reused, repaired and re-manufactured. ISQ supports you in assessing the potential to retain the functional value of your products, rather than just recovering the energy or materials they contain and continually manufacturing new products.

We support the identification of low carbon processes and technologies, namely
through the use of industrial symbioses and circular economy measures.
As a result of its extensive participation in research projects in the area of ​​sustainability,
ISQ has access to several databases, which it has used to identify synergies and industrial symbiosis technologies, using matchmaking methodologies, matching resources and surpluses between different actors, and to mimicking, replicating successful symbiotic relationships implemented by similar organizations.

WASTEVALUE is a decision support solution in waste management for cost optimization and resource circularity.

It is a flexible and modular consulting service that provides the Client with a reduction in costs and in the environmental impact of the activity, an increase in its network of partners and new business opportunities. Furthermore, this service allows organizations to prepare in advance for the new European regulations.

Measuring performance in terms of the circular economy is a challenge and the way to do it
depends a lot on your objective, scope and audience involved.
ISQ supports Companies in the selection/construction of indicators that best help to measure performance in several areas that contribute directly or indirectly to the development of the Circular Economy, which can be grouped into sustainable management of resources, behavior of society, and/or business operations.

Cities and Buildings

In recent years, society has valued sustainability in its cities and its relationship with buildings more significantly. “Smart Cities” encompass more than mobility, digital platforms or sustainability. The fundamental objective of a Smart City is the incorporation of 19 indicators aimed at the performance of city services and the quality of life of citizens. With regard to buildings, well-being and sustainability are concerns incorporated from the design stage to the end of their life.

ISQ SERVICES:

According to the various benchmarks that help guide, demonstrate and document efforts to create sustainable environments in buildings. ISQ supports the verification of compliance with the requirements of the most appropriate reference, taking into account the objectives of the
companies, whether they are more focused on minimizing the environmental impact of the project, improving the quality of life of its occupants, and/or taking into account the general economic and social aspects during the building’s life cycle.

We provide advice in accordance with NP ISO 37120:
• Diagnosis and evaluation of performance
• Definition of indicators to monitor performance progress
• Adaptation to climate change through the assessment of potential risks and vulnerabilities to climate change, mitigation and adaptation measures and the action plans, with the respective management, monitoring and follow-up.

Industry, Trade and Services

In recent years, the growing interest of international investors has brought to the fore the performance of environmental Due Diligence in real estate transaction processes (“Private equity”) and the characterization of environmental liabilities, such as the assessment of contamination in soils and groundwater, as well as carrying out diagnostics of the circularity of processes (circular economy), since these investors are sensitive to sustainable development objectives.

ISQ SERVICES:

Audit or investigation carried out prior to merger, acquisition or incorporation processes of companies or properties with the aim of investigating compliance with environmental legislation, the existence of environmental liabilities that may depreciate their market value, ensuring that all assets and liabilities can be evaluated and accounted for prior to the transaction.

Preliminary and exploratory assessment of the quality of the soil that allows characterizing the soil, its state of contamination, dangerousness of the contaminants and respective solutions, based on its history and future use.
After this study, it is possible to define the measures to be adopted for places where there are signs or evidence of contaminated soil or affected waters.
To support this activity, ISQ has a Laboratory that performs field sampling and physicochemical characterization of a wide spectrum of pollutants in contaminated soils and waters.

Technical support in contracting a financial guarantee within the scope of its Environmental Responsibility. This financial guarantee is based on a real value and is appropriate for the case under analysis, for the implementation of corrective measures, in the event of environmental damage, or preventive measures, in the event of an imminent threat.

ESG

Sustainable Development is an urgent global concern and ISQ has adopted it as one of its pillars, working daily to promote a change in business and social awareness through its services and innovations.
In this matter, ISQ supports its customers, offering integrated solutions to balance the needs and expectations of stakeholders with regard to the environmental, social and economic performance of organizations.

ISQ SERVICES:

It supports the implementation of data collection processes and the dissemination of
non-financial information regarding its corporate performance, helping the organization to measure, understand and communicate its ESG impact.
In addition to supporting the definition of policies, strategies, goals and indicators, it provides
information management tools that allow transforming data into knowledge regarding the sustainability of organizations.

Support in the implementation of internationally standardized methodology in order to obtain detailed information on the environmental performance of a product, process or service.

Preparation of technical studies that provide information on the environmental impacts of a product or service throughout its lifetime, based on a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).
This information makes it possible to positively differentiate products and services with better environmental performance, increasing the competitiveness of the respective Organizations.

Stakeholder involvement is an important process to involve your relevant stakeholders to understand their expectations about governance, policies, strategies, practices and performance, in this context we prepare and implement tools for consultation, analysis of expectations, needs and interests and proposals for intervention to achieve the organization’s objectives.

Environment

At a time when large projects are under development and/or implementation, whether associated with the recovery and resilience plan or other types of financing, the experience and multidisciplinarity of its teams allows it to support its clients in the identification of major constraints, which in the future may make the implementation of a project unfeasible, either due to legal, administrative constraints, or due to incompatibility with territorial management instruments, urban perimeters, biodiversity, archaeological heritage, water and landscape resources, thus, the identification of routes to obtain authorizations and licenses , support in municipal licensing processes,industrial and environmental and the carrying out of technical studies on environmental regimes are fundamental for the success of the project legalization processes.

ISQ SERVICES:
  • Analysis of compatibility with territorial management instruments (IGT)
  • Routes for obtaining authorizations and licenses
  • Technical studies in the various environmental regimes – Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (PCIP), Serious Accident Prevention (PAG)
  • Instruction of municipal, industrial, related and environmental processes
  • Articulation with competent authorities (Cities, APA, IAPMEI, AICEP, DGEG, CCDR, IPQ, among others)

Sustainable finance

Sustainable finance refers to the incorporation of environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into decision-making processes when making investments in the financial sector.
Environmental considerations can include mitigating and adapting to climate change, preserving biodiversity, preventing pollution or the circular economy, among others. Social considerations can refer to issues of equal rights, social inclusion, investment in human capital and communities, as well as issues associated with human rights.
Governance can apply to both public and private institutions and plays a key role in ensuring the inclusion of social and environmental considerations in decision-making processes.

ISQ SERVICES:

The second party opinion (SPO) issued by ISQ provides Financial Institutions and Investors with the assurance that their funds are aligned with the main sustainable finance frameworks and meet the objectives set by the issuers.
ISQ provides an independent assessment that ensures compliance with sustainable development (SDG) and environmental responsibility, social and governance (ESG) policies and objectives that allow investors to make informed decisions.

Decarbonization

Currently, accelerating the transition to a low carbon economy is a central and priority challenge for the European Union (EU).
The transition to a low carbon economy and its effective implementation in society therefore constitutes a business opportunity and job creation, based on innovative technologies, new practices and also new business models.
Research and development plays an important role in this transition, by expanding technological options, as well as finding ways to reduce their investment costs and thus boost their adoption in the economy.

ISQ SERVICES:
  • Ex ante and ex post evaluation
  • Definition and monitoring in KPI implementation
  • Carbon footprint, water footprint (GHG Protocol)
  • Roadmaps for the energy transition / decarbonization
  • Mitigation and adaptation strategies to climate change

ISQ works in the development of environment and sustainability, with integrated services and innovative technological solutions that increase the quality of life, safety and satisfaction of citizens.

A PARTNER FOR TRUST

We act comprehensively throughout the value chain, providing you with access to over 250 specialised services, hundreds of technical specialists and the accumulated experience of over 50 years operating in these areas in multiple locations around the world, leading some of the most significant international projects.

The Solutions Specialist is an expert in the market where your business operates, with an integrated view of our services and skills and how they can help you achieve better results.

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