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CEEQUAL: How hydrogen can support sustainable engineering
The drive for sustainability in large-scale engineering projects has never been stronger, but the CEEQUAL awards scheme for going big on sustainability has been around for decades. We look at what the award means and how hydrogen can help achieve it.

The drive for sustainability in large-scale engineering projects has never been stronger, but the CEEQUAL awards scheme for going big on sustainability has been around for decades. We look at what the award means and how hydrogen can help achieve it.

Already know about CEEQUAL? Scroll down to how hydrogen helps…


CEEQUAL is an awards scheme used to rate the sustainability of civil engineering projects. Following the steps needed to obtain a CEEQUAL award helps landscaping, general infrastructure, and public realm projects deliver better financial value while improving sustainability. It was launched publicly in 2003 with Version 2, with Version 1 largely reserved for exclusive early adopters. Thanks to regular updates, the assessment has progressed to version six, published on 27th June 2019.

For CEEQUAL, “sustainability” means high economic, environmental, and social performance.

The scheme’s objectives are four-fold:

  • Promote the importance of a sustainability strategy for projects
  • Build sustainability awareness within the industry
  • Formally recognise high-performing sustainable projects
  • Promote sustainability in specific areas, including specification, design, and construction.

There are two types of CEEQUAL schemes:

  • CEEQUAL for Projects, covering two separate geographic areas:
    • 1. UK and Ireland
    • 2. International
  • CEEQUAL for Term Contracts, covering contracts that supply maintenance solutions for existing infrastructure.

Why try?

What’s the benefit of becoming recognised by CEEQUAL? That’s something CEEQUAL’s owners, BRE, are keen to promote. They claim the tool delivers better value projects, including reducing overall project costs. Following the award’s framework, they say, also leads to beneficial benchmarking and knowledge-sharing, better team collaboration, and improvements to project performance. And that’s before you take into account the benefits to being recognised as having a commitment to sustainability best practice.

In 2019, CEEQUAL recognised a host of big names for their sustainable work. These included Transport for London, Network Rail for its London Bridge Thameslink development, HS2, the National Grid for the 32km-long London Power Tunnels, and a big bunch of local authorities like Sefton Council and Conwy County Borough Council.

Go big on awards

“People who run away from challenges are cowards and no coward deserves a reward.” – Israelmore Ayivor

Once you’ve decided which type of CEEQUAL scheme you’re gunning for, next up is choosing an award type. Getting awarded for a whole project end-to-end is just one way to go. In fact, there are five different options for formal assessment:

CEEQUAL's scoring method

To obtain a CEEQUAL award you must score above 30% in a comprehensive scoring framework provided by CEEQUAL for project teams to follow. Performance is marked out of 5000 credits, and then referred to as a percentage. That percentage is down into the following classifications:

  • >30% = Unclassified, synonymous with a fail
  • 30-44% = Pass
  • 45-59% = Good
  • 60-74% = Very Good
  • 75-89% = Excellent
  • 90% plus = Outstanding

The current CEEQUAL 6 is the first version to include minimum standards that must be attained in order to get an Outstanding grade. This means that to be recognised as Outstanding after 27th June 2019, a project must now show a high standard across all areas of critique.

Where hydrogen helps...

CEEQUAL’s framework has its own section labelled Energy and Carbon, covering steps taken to reduce a project’s carbon footprint both operationally and in construction. On its own, Energy and Carbon counts for 9% of total CEEQUAL points available, and it’s the most obvious place where choosing hydrogen as an off-grid power source could help increase scores. But exploring a hydrogen solution can also lead to points gained in other areas. For example, there are points up for grabs in Management – Sustainability Leadership 1.1 to create environmental targets for key sub-contractors. The tables below outline the areas where we see hydrogen helping you gain a positive edge in CEEQUAL scoring:




Credits impacted by hydrogen use as an alternative fuel: 1528/5000 or 30%

These tables are by no means exhaustive, but they show how developing a sustainable mindset and championing alternatives to the archaic diesel generator can play a huge role in a project becoming recognised for its sustainable aims.

Get in touch

If you’d like to know more about how hydrogen can help realise your aims for a sustainable project, or if you are developing hydrogen solutions and want to understand how you can help those going for CEEQUAL, please don’t hesitate to drop us a comment below or contact us directly.


Benjamin Lindley

Ben is a serial entrepreneur with a specialism in operations and marketing. He entered the clean tech industry in 2018 to lead retail operations in a solar and energy startup, building processes to control the company's rapid growth and managing an international team with offices in New Zealand and Fiji.

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