Sustainability

Geosynthetics make infrastructure more sustainable. They extend the service life of roads, reduce the use of aggregates, conserve and protect water, minimize land disturbance and control soil erosion.

Sustainability is at the heart of what we do. IGS publications, events, lectures and research highlight the many ways that geosynthetics contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.

IGS Sustainability Statement

The International Geosynthetics Society believes that geosynthetics and associated technologies make a significant contribution to the achievement of sustainable development.

The IGS is committed to complying with applicable legislation and maximizing the positive sustainability contribution of geosynthetics, while minimizing the environmental impacts of our operations, including events organized or endorsed by the Society. 

We will engage with, and communicate to, our employees, members, suppliers, and other stakeholders on the importance of sustainable practices. We will support them in improving their own sustainability performance. In order to lead by example, we will regularly report on our environmental performance against the objectives and targets we set, and we will seek to continually improve.

Read the full statement here. [PDF]

Spotlight on Sustainable Solutions

IGS Response to European Commission Microplastics Consultation

The IGS has called on the European Commission to fully understand the enormous sustainability benefits of geosynthetics when considering how to reduce microplastics in the environment. This important issue must be addressed using the best available scientific data and case studies. The Commission should recognise that geosynthetics are part of the solution. Read our press release and our response to the Commission’s consultation.

Did You Know…?

Geosynthetics for Sustainable Development (Videos)
Dr. Nathalie Touze’s Giroud Lecture
IGS eBook on Geosynthetics & Sustainability
Additional Sustainability Resources
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Review paper prepared by all four of the IGS Technical Committees and the Sustainability Committee and explores the many ways in which geosynthetics contribute to the sustainable construction of dykes and thereby water systems management. Features in a special issue of the journal Sustainability called Advances in Sustainable River Management: Reconciling Conflicting Interests Under Climate Extremes’.
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Relative Sustainability of Road Construction/Repair: Conventional Materials versus Geosynthetic Materials.