Arup receives UN SDG Award for Prosperity

Jerman Cheung Jerman Cheung East Asia Press Office,Hong Kong
30 November 2022

Arup’s work on the Davao High Priority Bus System (HPBS) in Davao, Philippines has won the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG) Award for Prosperity, in recognition of our outstanding contribution to creating sustainable cities in line with the UN SDGs.

Commissioned by the Philippines Government’s Department of Transportation (DOTr), through the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Infrastructure Preparation and Innovation Facility (IPIF) technical assistance loan programme, Arup refined the HPBS Feasibility Study and to deliver the Detailed Engineering Design. The study seeks to replace 7,000 jeepneys with a modern bus system in third most-populous city in the Philippines.

The project involves a new service plan for over 1,000 buses, including battery electric buses, operating along 29 routes. Various bus facilities, bus priority lanes, intelligent transport system elements and pedestrian improvements will also be introduced.

Our planning and design work in refining the 600km HPBS network and associated facilities to strategically serve rural populations will provide more growth opportunities and services. Our work was also recognised as a pioneering effort, deploying over 380 battery electric buses, the largest-scale deployment in Southeast Asia so far. We have also incorporated inclusive and safe design principle in introducing new standard bus facilities and vehicle specifications, including wheelchair-accessible sidewalks, buses and bus stops and ITS-equipped buses and facilities to monitor operations and incidents. 

Helping the Philippines achieve its carbon emission reduction targets through sustainable transport solutions is a key action the country needs to take to improve air quality, health, social equity, and resilience of cities. Leveraging our expertise in sustainable transport and use of digital solutions, we have devised ways to overcome long-standing transport issues and put ourselves in an enviable position of piloting a large-scale e-bus deployment that may be replicated and upscaled to other growth areas in the country. ” Raul Manlapig Raul Manlapig Director and Manila Office Leader

The award was conferred at the 4th Sustainability Summit organised by UN Global Compact Network Philippines in cooperation with the UN Industrial Development Organisation on 22 November at the Philippines International Convention Center
Raul Manlapig (left), Manila Office Leader, and Cristina Villaraza (middle), Transport Planner for the Davao project, received the award on behalf of Arup.