Committed to shaping a more sustainable built environment and addressing the climate emergency, we are improving the environmental management of our own operations while using our expertise to find relevant solutions to sustainability challenges in asset development, delivery and operation.

The construction industry is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. According to the World Green Building Council, buildings and construction are responsible for 39 percent of global energy-related carbon emissions.

Our sustainability strategy

As the built environment seeks innovative and efficient ways to adapt and change, our sustainability strategy translates our commitment to addressing the climate emergency into a set of tangible actions in line with our priority United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

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Delivering sustainable solutions

Our ambition is to place the climate emergency at the heart of our industry, to help our clients grasp their role in making the built environment part of the solution.

We are supporting the construction of major renewable-energy sources along with environmentally-friendly infrastructure, and have been the driving force behind efficiency schemes like clean-air zones and major regional government low-carbon ‘retrofitprogrammes for homes and public buildings worldwide.

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We continue to invest in our sustainability advisory capability providing environmental sustainability, energy, carbon strategy and management and whole-life cost support and guidance at every stage of the asset lifecycle.

Using our expertise we support clients in the development and delivery of sustainability strategies and manage specialist programmes on assets and portfolios across various sectors.

From early procurement and business planning stages of a project or programme, through to design of operational management and continuous improvement, we help clients to crystallise their environmental ambitions, inclusive of setting net-zero carbon targets, promoting sustainable procurement and providing delivery assurance to ensure the agreed outcomes are realised.

Find out more about our sustainability services, and how we can help you in your sustainability journey.

Improving our environmental impact

  • 54,272 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions FY 2020-21
  • 26% reduction in Scope 2 emissions over the last two years
  • 6.4 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per person
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We are committed to being net zero and have set validated science-based targets to reduce our emissions in line with climate models across our whole global value chain. Our NewLeaf programme sets out tangible actions and interim targets to achieve our goals while our corresponding campaign highlights to way our people are helping our business and our industry reach our net-zero goals.

Our net-zero strategy is based on climate models and practical action to ensure we contribute to the low-carbon transition. We have followed guidance from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and have had our reduction targets and route map verified by the Science-based Target Initiative (SBTi). We are one of only several organisations worldwide to have a verified strategy in line with the UN’s Race to Net Zero Commitment.

Learn more about our commitment to net zero.

Reporting on our progress

We have published our first Task Force for Climate-related Disclosure (TFCD) report, one year ahead of UK legislative requirements. The report demonstrates how material the physical and transitional risks from climate change are to our business. The report also outlines our approach to addressing the climate crisis and improving our corporate resilience.

Download a copy of the report.

For further information, contact:

Corporate Responsibility team