CH2M Hill leads council at climate change conference

CH2M Hill is leading the World Business Council for Sustainable Development Delegation at the United Nations' Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia. To promote discussion, understanding and collaboration on the third and most complex aspect of global adaptation, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development is leading a "World Business Council for Sustainable Development Discussion on Collaborative Adaptation Actions with the Global Community" on Weds., Dec. 12, 2007...

DENVER, Dec. 7, 2007 -- CH2M Hill is leading the World Business Council for Sustainable Development Delegation at the United Nations' Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, this week.

Jan Dell, CH2M Hill Vice President in the firm's Energy Client Group, is a Co-Chair of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development Delegation Adaptation Workstream and is leading a group of member companies from a range of global energy and industrial sectors.

"World Business Council for Sustainable Development member companies recognize that, in parallel with emission reduction efforts, there are three key roles for business to contribute to adaptation solutions: within their own operations and supply chains, in coordination with their surrounding communities and in collaboration with the global community," says Dell.

To promote discussion, understanding and collaboration on the third and most complex aspect of global adaptation, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development is leading a "World Business Council for Sustainable Development Discussion on Collaborative Adaptation Actions with the Global Community" on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007. A diverse group of stakeholders with an interest in identifying and promoting collaborative actions will participate.

Adaptation to climate change is increasingly important to all of CH2M Hill's clients. In the Energy Client Group, CH2M Hill has been working with oil and gas clients to expand their product portfolio to include low carbon fuels, and to design their facilities for resilience to extreme weather events.

The firm's Water Business Group has been working with a growing number of forward-looking clients to assess their long-term supply options and overall water management in the face of climate change uncertainty and other sources of extreme events.

Kathy Freas, CH2M Hill's Water Resources Director and leader of the adaptation effort says, "Global climate change uncertainty, population growth and inadequate or poorly conceived infrastructure are fundamental conditions that are escalating global water crises and driving increased conflict over water."

CH2M Hill's Total Water Management approaches and related VOYAGETM platform capabilities are industry-leading and valuable in the planning of infrastructure development to manage the water cycle for sustainable supplies for people and the environment.

As the world and the firm's clients adapt to the impacts of the changing climate, CH2M Hill says it will continue to provide innovative solutions to proactively identify and address risks and opportunities to benefit clients, shareholders, employees, our communities and the environment.

For more information on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and initiatives on adaptation to and mitigation of climate change, see: www.wbcsd.org

Headquartered in Denver, Colo., employee-owned CH2M Hill is a global leader in engineering, construction and operations for public and private clients. The firm's work is concentrated in the areas of transportation, water, energy, environment and industrial facilities.

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