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Net zero carbon commitment pledges from construction, building services and civil engineers

26 July 2019

Industry bodies, construction consultants and structural engineers are supporting an initiative to address climate breakdown and biodiversity loss.

Supporters of the scheme include the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), Aecom, Arup, Atkins, BuroHappold, Mott MacDonald and WSP.

Members of BESA are also being urged to sign up to the scheme, which involves committing to 11 points of action.

These are contained within declarations signed by supporters, which include UK Building Services Declare, UK Structural Engineers Declare and UK Civil Engineers Declare.

Commitments range from providing structural engineering design to achieve the government's net zero carbon standard to accelerating the shift to low embodied carbon materials.

Those signing up to the scheme also pledge to evaluate new projects with mitigating climate change as a key consideration and upgrading existing buildings as an alternative to demolition and rebuild.

BESA chief executive officer David Frise described the declarations as "both momentous and timely" and said it was "very encouraging" to see industry driving the debate following the government's commitment to achieve net zero carbon.

"The challenge of the declarations will be to translate them into meaningful action.

"If the profession responsible for delivering the practical solutions take the lead, the contractors will play their part," said Mr Frise.

More information on the UK Building Services Declare initiative can be found here.

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