|Business Line Director - Sustainability|
About Robert Spencer
I am responsible for growing URS’ climate change, corporate sustainability and related carbon, water and energy services for major public and private sector clients. In this capacity I Chair a divisional URS Sustainability Committee for the Europe, India and Middle East regions and sponsors a number of internal initiatives to develop new products and services for a more resilient world.
My sustainability journey started with leadership positions on DFID community development projects in China and Nigeria before taking a senior role delivering the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) in the UK. Since 2009 I have been closely involved in shaping URS sustainability strategy and business plans and I am now a Member of the Living with Environmental Change (LWEC) Business Advisory Board.
I specialise in sustainable resource management, including both natural resources and industrial resource streams and have over 16 years experience managing complex, multi-disciplinary projects and programmes in the UK and overseas.
I’m knowledgeable and interested in the fields of resource efficiency, industrial symbiosis, poverty alleviation, forestry and land use change, ecosystem services, carbon management and climate change.
I seek roles where I can combine my transition management and facilitation skills with my experience of leading-edge environmental projects that deliver sustainable business growth.
Education: MSc Land Use & Forestry - University of Oxford; BA (Hons) Geography - University of Southampton; Uppingham School
Interests: Cookery & Wine, History, Natural History, Gardening, Theatre & Cinema
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My LinkedIn profileLiving With Environmental Change - Business Advisory Board
The LWEC Partnership: 22 public sector organisations that fund, carry out and use environmental research and observations. They include the UK research councils, government departments with environmental responsibilities, devolved administrations and government agencies. I am a Member of the Business Advisory Board, which represents the private sector and provides input on behalf of the business community.
About URS Corporation
As a global engineering, construction and technical services company with 54,000 employees and offices in nearly 50 countries, URS understands sustainability. We advise national governments and multinational companies on ways to strike a better balance between economic growth and sustainable development, minimising their impact on the environment. Through our combined strengths in engineering and environmental design, we deliver projects that will leave a positive legacy, enjoyed by generations to come.
Sustainability is embedded into our business and the multidisciplinary services we provide, illustrated in our recently published sustainability report. Underpinning everything we do are URS’ core business values: an uncompromising commitment to ethical behaviour, safety, technical excellence, a collaborative and inclusive working environment and the professional development of our employees.
URS helps organisations become more resilient to critical factors that threaten the bottom line and business continuity. Extreme weather events, resource scarcity and governance vulnerabilities in global supply chains all pose risks to organisational stability and longevity. We work with clients to identify risks and build strategies for resilience, helping them protect their assets both now and in the future.
This approach shapes the projects we deliver, from restoring contaminated wetlands to operating facilities in a low-energy, resource-efficient manner. Whether designing an iconic building, developing renewable power or advising on planning, policy and community engagement, we are committed to sustainable development that promotes economic growth.
We believe that technical innovation and sustainability improvements lead to organisational and societal benefits, as well as delivering monetary and efficiency savings. Our sustainability experts have been key members of the design teams for major buildings with very low environmental impact, such as Brent Civic Centre – one of the greenest public sector buildings in the UK – and The Quadrant: MK, Network Rail’s national rail centre in Milton Keynes. Working closely with International Synergies Limited, we deliver the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP), an innovative scheme that has reduced waste to landfill by over 9 million tonnes and delivered more than €243million in cost savings.
From helping multinationals understand and mitigate the impact of their projects on communities and the environment to designing critical infrastructure that is resilient to the predicted pressures of climate change, our goal is to deliver positive outcomes that benefit our clients, stakeholders and society.