We have one decade to act

This article is part of the World Green Building Week 2021 editorial series highlighting the role sustainable buildings play in #BuildingResilience to climate change and for people and economies.

Provided by Multiplex on their report One Decade to Act.

The world is facing a climate crisis. This crisis is placing lives, livelihoods, ecosystems and economies around the globe at grave risk by creating a world that will soon become uninhabitable for humans. It is a global challenge that requires a global effort. 

In an effort to help tackle the climate crisis, countries around the world have agreed to limit global temperature rise to less than 2°C this century (compared to pre-industrial levels) and to pursue efforts to limit the rise even further to 1.5°C. This agreement was ratified at the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) held in Paris by the United Nations (known as the Paris Agreement). 

The target to limit global warming to just 1.5 degrees by 2050 was established by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world’s largest panel on climate change. The IPCC warns that even half a degree beyond this could significantly worsen the risks of extreme weather events, rising sea levels and disrupted weather patterns and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. In 2018, the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC was released warning that urgent action is required before 2030 to limit dangerous climate change. 

At the same time in 2018, the construction industry contributed £117 billion to the UK economy, equating to 6% of the UK’s GDP. In 2019, there were also 2.4 million construction industry jobs in the UK, equating to 6.6% of all jobs. Construction is a major source of jobs and revenue, but at the same time, the built environment is responsible for a staggering 38% of global energy-related carbon emissions, which means the construction industry must play a key role in tackling the climate crisis. 

Back in late April 2021 Multiplex launched ‘One Decade to Act’, its response to the global climate crisis and its pathway to Net Zero Carbon by 2050 including supply chain emission. The pathway outlines the actions its European business will undertake between now and 2030 to drastically cut its carbon emissions to put it on track for its overall 2050 target. This includes a public commitment to achieve five carbon emissions goals by 2030:

  1. Zero onsite emissions by 2025
  2. 50% reduction in embodied carbon intensity by 2030
  3. Net zero carbon building operations by 2030
  4. Zero transport emissions by 2030
  5. Zero avoidable waste by 2030

The launch of ‘One Decade to Act’ represents the culmination of several years’ work for Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd, including extensive research and data gathering on the sources of the emissions that make up its carbon footprint.

Recognising that culture change will be integral to achieving these carbon goals and targets, ‘One Decade to Act’ includes a cultural and behavioural change programme for Multiplex’s sphere of influence (their people, clients and supply chain) called ‘Educate, Engage, Empower.’ This approach is vital given that 98 to 99 percent of Multiplex’s carbon footprint is associated with our scope 3 emissions, which includes actions undertaken by their clients and supply chain. 

Intent on being synonymous with actions and not just words, ‘One Decade to Act’ will be delivered according to a Climate Action Management Framework to ensure Multiplex’s board and management teams govern progress against the carbon goals and targets. One Decade to Act is being embedded into both Multiplex’s current and future pipeline. With all actions that are technically and commercially feasible to be completed on current projects and to be fully embedded on new and future projects. 

Urgent action is required before 2030 to avoid the catastrophic impacts of climate change. The situation is changing fast and Multiplex doesn't claim to have all the answers, but they do know that the climate emergency everyone is facing calls for leadership and action. Multiplex are doing all they can to fill this role, basing their actions on the latest climate science and using their sphere of influence to ensure they have the greatest possible impact. They hold themselves accountable for their actions, and will continue to measure their carbon emissions data, ensure it is third-party verified and disclose this information in their annual Positive Impact Report, along with updates on their progress against this Net Zero Carbon Pathway.

What is World Green Building Week?

World Green Building Week is the world’s largest campaign to accelerate sustainable buildings for everyone, everywhere. Organised by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), it is led by our global network of 70 Green Building Councils and their 36,000 members.

Join us from the 20th–24th of September 2021 to find out how our network is accelerating the Sustainable Development Goals towards an inclusive and resilient net zero built environment.

https://worldgbc.org/WGBW2021

This article is part of the World Green Building Week 2021 editorial series highlighting the role sustainable buildings play in #BuildingResilience to climate change and for people and economies.

Provided by Multiplex on their report One Decade to Act.

The world is facing a climate crisis. This crisis is placing lives, livelihoods, ecosystems and economies around the globe at grave risk by creating a world that will soon become uninhabitable for humans. It is a global challenge that requires a global effort. 

In an effort to help tackle the climate crisis, countries around the world have agreed to limit global temperature rise to less than 2°C this century (compared to pre-industrial levels) and to pursue efforts to limit the rise even further to 1.5°C. This agreement was ratified at the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) held in Paris by the United Nations (known as the Paris Agreement). 

The target to limit global warming to just 1.5 degrees by 2050 was established by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world’s largest panel on climate change. The IPCC warns that even half a degree beyond this could significantly worsen the risks of extreme weather events, rising sea levels and disrupted weather patterns and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. In 2018, the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC was released warning that urgent action is required before 2030 to limit dangerous climate change. 

At the same time in 2018, the construction industry contributed £117 billion to the UK economy, equating to 6% of the UK’s GDP. In 2019, there were also 2.4 million construction industry jobs in the UK, equating to 6.6% of all jobs. Construction is a major source of jobs and revenue, but at the same time, the built environment is responsible for a staggering 38% of global energy-related carbon emissions, which means the construction industry must play a key role in tackling the climate crisis. 

Back in late April 2021 Multiplex launched ‘One Decade to Act’, its response to the global climate crisis and its pathway to Net Zero Carbon by 2050 including supply chain emission. The pathway outlines the actions its European business will undertake between now and 2030 to drastically cut its carbon emissions to put it on track for its overall 2050 target. This includes a public commitment to achieve five carbon emissions goals by 2030:

  1. Zero onsite emissions by 2025

  2. 50% reduction in embodied carbon intensity by 2030

  3. Net zero carbon building operations by 2030

  4. Zero transport emissions by 2030

  5. Zero avoidable waste by 2030

The launch of ‘One Decade to Act’ represents the culmination of several years’ work for Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd, including extensive research and data gathering on the sources of the emissions that make up its carbon footprint.

Recognising that culture change will be integral to achieving these carbon goals and targets, ‘One Decade to Act’ includes a cultural and behavioural change programme for Multiplex’s sphere of influence (their people, clients and supply chain) called ‘Educate, Engage, Empower.’ This approach is vital given that 98 to 99 percent of Multiplex’s carbon footprint is associated with our scope 3 emissions, which includes actions undertaken by their clients and supply chain. 

Intent on being synonymous with actions and not just words, ‘One Decade to Act’ will be delivered according to a Climate Action Management Framework to ensure Multiplex’s board and management teams govern progress against the carbon goals and targets. One Decade to Act is being embedded into both Multiplex’s current and future pipeline. With all actions that are technically and commercially feasible to be completed on current projects and to be fully embedded on new and future projects. 

Urgent action is required before 2030 to avoid the catastrophic impacts of climate change. The situation is changing fast and Multiplex doesn't claim to have all the answers, but they do know that the climate emergency everyone is facing calls for leadership and action. Multiplex are doing all they can to fill this role, basing their actions on the latest climate science and using their sphere of influence to ensure they have the greatest possible impact. They hold themselves accountable for their actions, and will continue to measure their carbon emissions data, ensure it is third-party verified and disclose this information in their annual Positive Impact Report, along with updates on their progress against this Net Zero Carbon Pathway.

What is World Green Building Week?

World Green Building Week is the world’s largest campaign to accelerate sustainable buildings for everyone, everywhere. Organised by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), it is led by our global network of 70 Green Building Councils and their 36,000 members.

Join us from the 20th–24th of September 2021 to find out how our network is accelerating the Sustainable Development Goals towards an inclusive and resilient net zero built environment.

https://worldgbc.org/WGBW2021