Buildings and other structures (“the built environment”) consume enormous quantities of finite natural resources during the construction and operating phases. Whether it is cement in the form of concrete for the structure or fossil fuel in the form of electricity to provide energy, environmental aspects play an important part in all built environment investments, throughout the whole life cycle.
When done responsibly, construction can enhance the natural environment by sympathetically developing projects in harmony with the landscape or cityscape.
Local impacts can include dust, noise, extra traffic and pollution such as emissions to water, soil and the atmosphere. Global impacts, the cumulative impacts of many local impacts, include energy consumption and carbon emissions from energy and the production of certain high volume construction materials.
Our main strategic opportunities and risks lie in the areas of energy, carbon, materials and water. We have therefore developed policies and strategies to minimize the risks and maximize the opportunities. We also have to deal with the day-to-day local impacts that can quickly become “nuisance” issues if not proactively managed.
Our Priority Areas are the ones listed below. The first four of these form the elements of our Color Palette™, which is our way to visualise our Green Business ambition.