Date: 22nd April 2020
It’s Earth Day
Earth Day 2020 has arrived with an urgent spotlight on climate action. As a business, we acknowledge that we need to look at our systems and processes to respond to the threat of climate change, and help protect the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable. So, what are we doing?
What are Curtins doing?
Sustainability steering group
Curtins’ specialist steering group are looking at initiatives and best practice from a design workflow perspective. Our present focus is carbon footprint analysis for our civil and structural projects.
We intend to carry out an analysis on all steel frame and concrete frame structures to provide the total carbon footprint data for the structure, the data of which will be placed on our drawings.
Staff consultation – Environmental Survey and Carbon Footprint Survey
We are responding to survey feedback from our staff with new initiatives and promotions; working to reduce our carbon footprint and fuel use through new programmes and travel plans.
In addition, our increased focus on reducing paper use and a waste management policy will streamline our recycling of materials across the business.
We are currently incorporating a carbon monitoring system into the pre-qualification pack for our approved suppliers. Existing suppliers will be sent out the questionnaire at time of renewal and we will be monitoring the progress of our suppliers’ own carbon footprint reductions.
ESOS Phase 2
We have submitted our Phase 2 ESOS report to the Environment Agency and are studying the potential of the various recommendations provided by our assessment team to improve our carbon footprint across the business.
Company fuel use is top of our agenda. We are phasing out company diesel vehicles to bring in a suite of pool cars that are either hybrid or fully electric.
However, reducing our travel requirements would have even greater benefits, so we are upgrading our communication and conferencing facilities in order to hold more virtual meetings.
We are also implementing a phased replacement of lighting to LED’s across the business and installing sensor lighting where possible.
Certification to ISO 14001 2015 Environmental Management Systems
We are audited annually by Alcumus ISOQAR and certified to ISO 14001 2015 for our Environmental Management System of work. This certification process is complemented by our own internal rigorous auditing system, incorporating quarterly audits across all offices.
UK Structural Engineers Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency
For everyone working in the construction industry, meeting the needs of our society without breaching the earth’s ecological boundaries will demand a paradigm shift in our behaviour.
Recognising this, we are committing to strengthen our working practices to create engineering outcomes that have more positive impact on the world around us.
Curtins have signed the declaration from a civil engineering and structural engineering perspective. See detail here https://structuralengineersdeclare.com/ and https://www.civilengineersdeclare.com/