Net zero carbon
Over the past year, we have seen a global tide of momentum with individuals, governments, local authorities and now the construction industry declaring climate emergencies and setting net zero carbon targets. This is a challenge to every part of the industry and society as a whole.
Cundall’s mission, vison and values have enabled us to be at the heart of the industry’s response. Our vision is to be “Agents of change for a sustainable world” and “Construction industry thought-leaders”. Our Sustainability Roadmap: ‘One Planet, One Chance’ commits us to address our whole carbon footprint and be a carbon neutral business by 2020 and positive by 2025. At the same time, requiring us to develop solutions for carbon positive buildings and infrastructure for our clients.
Understanding carbon and setting targets
In terms of our own carbon footprint, we have been monitoring and reporting it since 2012, when we became the first consultancy to be endorsed as a One Planet Company. We strengthened this in 2018 by becoming the only consultant to have a Science Based Target (SBT), formally endorsed by the Science Based Target Organisation across all three scopes of our emissions. This year we will be certified as carbon neutral across all scopes by the Carbon Trust, after a successful trial last year where our Australian offices became carbon neutral using the Australian Government’s Climate Active Carbon Neutral scheme.
Having been through these processes ourselves, we have been using our experience to help a range of clients to understand their emissions, set targets (including SBTs) and develop action plans for achieving them. This has given us an in-depth understand of carbon footprint for a range of sectors across all three scopes.
Net zero carbon companies, products and portfolios
We work with clients to develop net zero carbon strategies and roadmaps for their organisations, products, events, portfolios and individual buildings. To achieve net zero carbon, we must monitor and reduce every aspect of energy and resource consumption. Only then can we look to supply all energy from renewable sources and offset any residual emissions. This should be third party verified and disclosed on an annual basis.
Net zero carbon buildings
Cundall is working with the World and local Green Building Councils to define what a net zero carbon building is. This includes setting operational energy intensity targets as well as embodied carbon targets associated with the construction of the building over its whole life, with focus on providing a flexible, adaptable, durable design solutions. Cundall’s specialist team has contributed to the creation of a number of global whole life and embodied carbon methodologies, including for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the World Green Building Council, the Greater London Authority and the Hong Kong Construction Industry Council.