The built environment has a critical role to play in reducing greenhouse gases and tackling the climate and biodiversity emergencies we face. We cannot do this without changing the fundamentals of what we do and the responsibility that everyone working within our sector must take.
38% of global energy related greenhouse gases are attributed to the built environment
We are utilising our position as a leading consultancy to drive change through working with our peers in the construction industry, our clients and our colleagues, partners and suppliers. Sustainability principles are firmly embedded in the work and culture of Pick Everard. We have a dedicated network of over 30 Sustainability Champions who support the practice, helping everyone in the team understand that we are in a position of influence that can have a far-reaching impact.
“It is our professional and moral responsibility to do what we can to both mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. It is about the construction and operation life cycle. For me, sustainability is a way of being and a way of acting.” - Dr Jose Hernandez, Head of Sustainability and Energy
Pick Everard has committed to achieving net zero carbon by 2022. We want to maintain the carbon reduction levels achieved during the Covid-19 pandemic but will also account for the ‘working-from-home’ carbon emissions. Our carbon reduction plan detailing how we will achieve this can be found here. We will continue to provide updates on our journey.
We are committed to fully playing our part in tackling the climate emergency; through the actions laid out in the plan, through our investment in sustainable initiatives, and through demonstration of our intent with the signing of the Construction Declares Climate and Biodiversity Emergency, the RIBA 2030 Challenge and the Better Buildings Partnership Design for Performance. Where we are not directly responsible, we will work with and influence decisions made by others.
What we're doing to get to net zero
Pick Everard supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Construction Declares 'Climate and Biodiversity Emergency' Declarations (CaBED). As a reflection of the wide range of services we provide, we were the first UK practice to support the CaBED declarations for Architects, Building Services Engineers, Civil and Structural Engineers, Landscape Architects and Project Managers.
Our carbon footprint has reduced by about two-thirds due to the transition to hybrid working from home and office. We are working to ensure we retain as much as we can from those savings and for completeness and transparency, we are including the impact of associated energy use increase due to working from home in our calculations.
We have a network of 30+ Sustainability Champions across all our Design, Management and Group Services, meeting monthly to drive forward improvements to the sustainability delivery of our projects and as an organisation as well. We also have an internal forum to propose, discuss, suggest or recommend actions and opportunities to live a more sustainable life, in our personal and professional lives.