Environmental stewardship

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Buildings are responsible for around 40 percent of carbon emissions. To protect the planet for future generations and support the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we are determined to help our clients reduce their emissions and deliver more sustainable outcomes.

We are also committed to improving our own environmental footprint by fulfilling best practice in our global operations and engaging with our people, sub-consultants and suppliers on key initiatives.

Improving our own environmental impact

Good environmental management is built into our operations and we now have 33 offices certified to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standard. Our global priority is reducing emissions from offices and business travel.

This year we extended the use of Skype for Business and actively promoted video conferencing to reduce business travel. In Australia, we implemented a sustainability action plan in conjunction with CitySwitch and a team of post-graduate students from Curtin University, to improve environmental performance and influence the next generation of building professionals.

We continued to relocate teams to more efficient offices globally, introduced follow-me printing and reviewed opportunities for paperless functions. To encourage our people to take positive action, we promoted high profile events such as Earth Hour and World Green Building Week, and delivered a series of knowledge shares.

Enabling more sustainable outcomes

By engaging with our clients we have a greater opportunity to improve the environmental impact of construction. Together we can achieve more sustainable outcomes by improving energy efficiency and resource use throughout the whole life cycle of assets.

We are providing design and commercial management services on the next phase of the Heathrow expansion project. The work we do now will establish the supply chain and working practices capable of meeting stringent sustainability targets.

We are also supporting Masdar City’s vision to become a template, or ‘green-print’, for sustainable urban development, using our global experience and knowledge of the Abu Dhabi construction market to deliver sustainability goals throughout the project life cycle.

As the programme delivery unit for RE:FIT, we are helping to increase the energy efficiency of London’s public buildings. We support schools, hospitals and other public organisations to overcome the hurdles involved in energy retrofit projects. The programme was awarded the Ashden Award in 2016 for innovation and excellence in sustainable energy.

Influencing industry

Our people continued to shape best practice this year, working collaboratively with clients, suppliers and industry bodies to find effective solutions to sustainability challenges in asset development, delivery and operation.

In Hong Kong, Director Sam Cheng has played a leading role in the Hong Kong Green Building Council. By chairing committees and coordinating the exchange of the latest environmental thinking between green building councils, Sam is promoting a more sustainable construction industry.