Wednesday, 5th November 2014

Temple’s Built Environment Commitment (BEC)

Temple is the first consultancy to sign up to a nationwide initiative to achieve a step-change in the sustainability performance of the built environment sector by 2025. The Built Environment Commitment seeks to encourage organisations from across the industry to substantially lower greenhouse gas emissions and improve resource efficiency. Temple’s commitment includes the following:

We commit to take action that contributes to a lower carbon, resource efficient built environment.

We will make best use of materials, water and energy over the lifecycle of built assets to minimise embodied and operational carbon impacts.

The specific actions that we will take to deliver this commitment are:

  • Temple will advocate best practice to our clients by making specific recommendations at the start of projects, helping to set targets and objectives for carbon and resource efficiency and helping to drive and monitor the targets over the lifetime of the project;
  • Temple will hold a high-level event with the leaders of our supply chain to explore how we can collectively drive lower carbon solutions and stimulate innovation;
  • Temple will provide guidance and training opportunities on carbon reduction  and resource efficiency for our employees;
  • Temple will deliver knowledge sharing activities for stakeholders to increase engagement in resource and carbon efficiency;
  • Temple will drive debate on the opportunities, challenges and solutions for resource efficiency;
  • Temple will publicise good practice on carbon and resource efficiency;
  • Temple will develop and set annual targets for these actions, referring to the Carbon Maturity Matrix, with the first targets being produced within three months of the date of this commitment; and
  • Mark Skelton has been nominated as the main board member with express responsibility to drive the carbon reduction agenda.