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Published 2020 09

We are Committed to Addressing the Climate and Biodiversity Emergency

We signed up to UK Architects Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency in September 2020, and with the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) currently running in Glasgow and highlighting the need for urgent action, we have been reflecting on our progress against this commitment one year on.

We have made the decision to publish our review to be fully transparent about how we are evolving to embrace regenerative architecture and embed more sustainable practices in everything that we do. You can view our full statement here.

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We intend to update this document annually to record our continuous improvement along this journey for reducing the downstream environmental impacts of our projects. We similarly publish an annual carbon report to be transparent about our journey to become a net zero business for our corporate impacts.

We have appointed Peter Bartley as Sustainability Manager to lead this process and with this appointment have brought in significant experience in delivering Life Cycle Assessment and carrying out operational energy simulations. Alongside our investment in additional software capabilities, we can now integrate analysis of whole life cycle carbon across our projects from the earliest design stages.

Over the next year, we aim to work closely with our pioneering clients to push the boundaries of environmental performance and work towards the RIBA 2030 Challenge, net zero and beyond.

To find out more about UK Architects Declare and to learn more about how signatories can convert their declaration into meaningful actions and build momentum within their practice, view their latest Practice Guide 2021.

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