Managing, protecting and restoring the environment are integral to our services. Our environmental staff are based in centres of excellence globally and embedded in project teams wherever our clients need them. Our global resources are immense, not just in numbers but also in expertise from archaeology to zoology.
Our values reflect our drive to seek sustainable outcomes, and the respect we hold for the environment and communities; our policies commit us to integrate environmental considerations into all our activities. By returning to us, our customers repeatedly show how they value our commitment, expertise and solutions.
Planning, design and construction
We have unrivalled experience of natural resource development, infrastructure and the built environment. We help our clients throughout the project cycle, from planning through design, permitting, operation and management. Our environmental staff worked with our own, our client’s and other consultants’ planning and design teams for major projects. such as Crossrail and the A3 Hindhead Tunnel in the UK, the Ngong Ping 360 cable car project in Hong Kong, and a regional power transmission line in Mozambique.
We've developed tools and methodologies that help us assess and mitigate potential risks while identifying opportunities for environmental improvement. We are one of the Environment Agency’s long-term consultants appointed not just for river and coastal flood defence projects, but also for flood risk assessment and coastal inundation risk assessment using advanced hydraulic modelling and risk assessment tools.
We help our clients engage with local communities and other stakeholders. Our social impact assessments, including consultation and resettlement planning, for two geothermal power projects in Indonesia are publicly recognised by the World Bank as exemplars of best practice.
We work in support of ongoing construction, maintenance and operations work for major organisations. For National Grid, we provide long-term environmental support for its grid upgrade programme across England and Wales, particularly ecological survey and protection surveys during transmission line works.
We support our clients as they develop their own strategies for environmental management. For Thales GB, we assessed the environmental risks at all its UK sites following a company restructure, prioritising issues for action and assisting with implementation to eliminate risks from contaminated land in particular. We followed this by guiding Thales through development of its first corporate environmental policy and an environmental management system. In Abu Dhabi we helped Sorouh, a major development publish its first corporate sustainability report.
Conservation and restoration
Independent of specific development projects, clients call on our international experts to assist with environmental survey, conservation and restoration projects. The European Commission appointed us, for example, to undertake a project to restore and encourage sustainable integrated land use of the Eurasian Steppe in Moldova, Ukraine and the Russian Federation, an important ecosystem under threat. WWF also commissioned us to review a species and habitat management action strategy for the snow leopard in Siberia and Mongolia, and its primary prey, such as the rare argali mountain sheep.
Our concern for sustainable development goes back to our work on sustainable irrigated agriculture in Pakistan in the 1950’s. The current focus on climate change is only one aspect that we take account of in project planning, as demonstrated by our designs for Masdar City. Our INDUS methodology helps clients recognise the respective importance of environmental protection, natural resource management, sustainable communities and economic criteria in planning and decision making. Mott MacDonald is a leader in providing renewable energy services to mitigate climate change risks, and in building communities to become resilient to climate change.