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Sustainability

The world faces a climate crisis, one which is currently on track to radically disrupt all life on Earth. The global built environment is a major contributor to this problem.

According to the UN, the global built environment industry is responsible for just over a third of all CO2 emissions and consumes a third of all energy.

Our profession is uniquely placed to steer the built environment towards a sustainable future.

There is no shortage of great examples of professionals who have pioneered sustainable solutions. We must now work to scale-up these solutions, breaking down silos across the built and natural environment industry.

We must do more to help our clients deploy capital towards projects which ensure sustainable outcomes. Inherent in this challenge is the need to widen how we define value, incorporating social, environmental and human welfare, as well as economic metrics.

This is a defining opportunity for our profession to lead change and shape a resilient future for all people around the world.

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The built environment is responsible for up to 30% of global greenhouse emissions.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

By 2030, the world will require 40% more water, 50% more food, 40% more energy and 40% more timber and fibre. The only way we can meet these demands is by managing our ecosystems smartly and sustainably.

UN Environment Programme

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