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What “Better infrastructure solutions. Better Lives.” means to CPCS

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The world depends on good infrastructure to function. Our mission is exactly this: finding the better solution to any given transportation and energy problem that ultimately affects peoples’ day-to-day lives. 

Seeing passenger rail services in operations after having designed the rail master plan is one example of a better solution. Supporting African public power utilities for better electrification planning and maintenance is another one. It also extends to providing better freight intelligence to US transportation authorities.

Like you, we want to hop on buses easily, charge our electric cars, ride our bikes safely around the city, or take the train and get to our destination on time.

More examples of how our infrastructure solutions improve lives in the long-term:

  • Connecting people to family, work, healthcare, education, and more through safe, and reliable transit.

  • Creating access to clean sources of energy in countries where access is not commonplace, opening opportunities for the use of healthcare and education technologies.

  • Making better use of existing transport infrastructure through policy or regulatory solutions to reduce congestion.

  • Supporting the mission of creating equitable and inclusive transit systems that remove barriers to access for Indigenous communities, people with disabilities and mobility issues, women, senior citizens, parents, young people, marginalized or underrepresented groups and low-income travellers.

  • Improving freight systems and removing inefficiencies in the flow of goods, resulting in access to better and more affordable products.

  • Decarbonizing different modes of transportation to contribute to climate change mitigation.

Keep reading to discover what “Better infrastructure solutions. Better lives.” means to 6 CPCSers doing high-impact work in the transport and power sectors.

User-centric transport systems

The UK-based Rail Baltica project I’m working on encapsulates, for me, what “Better infrastructure solutions” means. It’s not just about laying tracks or scheduling trains; it’s about creating a network that triggers a positive ripple effect. It connects people, supports economic growth and reduces the impact on the environment.

Each project I’m involved in is a step towards a more interconnected world where distances shrink, and opportunities expand. It ensures that every journey taken not only gets people where they need to be but also enhances their quality of life.

Sidi Sun, Principal Consultant

Access to electricity 

Many of us residing in developed nations often take for granted the availability of essential services such as electricity and water. As an engineer at CPCS, I consider myself privileged to witness firsthand the impact my work has on the lives of others, particularly those in less affluent countries.

By helping decision makers see what good infrastructure planning and management can achieve, it can provide reliable electricity to power households, hospitals, and schools, or supply clean water to prevent diseases. Our contributions as a leading company dedicated to building better infrastructure for better lives can be transformative.

Manuel Tinoco, Global Director, Power

Shaping the future of communities

My passion for climate justice has been the driving force in my journey within the energy sector. Choosing to focus on Africa and other emerging markets, I firmly believe in the crucial intersection of sustainable development and environmental responsibility.

For me, Better infrastructure solutions. Better lives. reflects the understanding that the power sector plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of these communities. We strive to empower these countries to progress despite climate challenges, steering away from fossil fuel technologies and leapfrogging into cleaner, sustainable alternatives.

Leina Benouniche, Senior Consultant

Improving the environment where we live

My work at CPCS as an advisor to decision makers in the transportation sector is making a difference.

I’m an environmentalist and love spending time outdoors, including my daily bike ride to the office. As I focus on public transit and major projects for better passenger rail services, I get motivated thinking about how better infrastructure enables us to improve the environment where we live, reduce the impact of climate change, and allows us to enjoy spending time outside safely.

Adrian Lightstone, Vice President, Canada

Fostering economic growth and enhancing well-being

Better infrastructure solutions are pivotal to reducing travel time and road congestion. Tackling this challenge in my work is something I find meaningful as an advisor to decision makers.

This is the kind of work I did as a financial advisor for Abidjan’s third bridge. This project marked Cote d’Ivoire’s first toll road.

Projects like these are needed because, for numerous African nations, economic growth and productivity are significantly hampered by infrastructure gaps in the areas of transport, energy, logistics, and water.

This bridge project was a catalyst for enhancing the delivery of the country’s framework around public-private partnerships (PPPs). It also played a significant role in building local capacity, which fostered the development of more infrastructure through PPP mechanisms.

Uriel Niamke, Senior Consultant

Improving connectivity

I was recently a Project Manager on an assignment to improve air access and services to Victoria Falls and Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airports in Zimbabwe. This improved connectivity fosters:

  • Better Infrastructure: Increased tourism drives investments in hotels, restaurants, and airport upgrades. New routes attract business and diversify the economy.

  • Better Lives: Tourism growth creates jobs and boosts local economies.

Paul Kambalame, Senior Consultant

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