British architects firm Bennetts Associates has become the first architecture practice in the world to achieve approved Science Based Targets and commit to the UN’s Climate Neutral Now campaign.
Targets adopted by companies to reduce greenhouse gass emissions are considered “science-based” if they are in line with the level of decarbonisation required to keep global temperature increase below 2°C compared to preindustrial temperatures (as described in the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).
The firm, renowned for such projects as 11-21 Canal Reach in London’s Kings Cross and the Bayes Centre at the University of Edinburgh has been committed to sustainable design within the built environment for over 30 years.
It has committed to 20 sustainability targets for 2022 including ambitious science-based commitments to:
- Reduce energy-related GHG emissions by at least 21% by 2022 from a 2016 baseline year
- Procure all energy from 100% renewable sources
- Reduce travel emissions by 7.5% by 2022 from a 2016 baseline
- Identify ambitious sustainability agendas relevant to each of their projects
- Continue to measure and improve conditions that relate to physical and mental wellbeing for staff across its three offices in London, Manchester and Edinburgh
Bennetts Associates also maintains that it is working towards being a single-use plastic-free office by 2022 and setting policies that work towards incorporating the circular economy within its office practices, as well as assisting staff in switching their home energy to 100% renewable sources.
Bennetts Associates operates three studios in the UK in London, Manchester and Edinburgh.