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How we are doing

We are committed to running a sustainable business. This means going above and beyond the impact we can make to sustainable development through our projects, by also ingraining sustainability in our operations.

We strive to embed sustainability into not only our projects, but our people, our business and our community. As a professional services company that helps our clients be sustainable in their processes, we do as we say by reducing our carbon footprint, being socially inclusive and cultivating innovation.

Carbon as a metric for success

We believe we have a responsibility to cut our carbon emissions and play our part in tackling climate change, so we have committed to reducing our operational emissions by 25% per employee between 2016 and 2021. For us carbon reduction is synonymous with business success, but it not only benefits ourselves but our many customers who count their suppliers’ performance on their own triple bottom line. We also comply with all relevant regulation relating to carbon in our business, but we’ve gone one step further and become one of the first companies to achieve the PAS2080: Carbon Management in Infrastructure certification by independent verification.

Our carbon footprint

The carbon footprint here at Mott MacDonald refers to greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted directly by ourselves or from sources over which we have operational control. Our operational boundaries are set in accordance with three scopes:

  • Scope 1: Direct GHG emissions from sources owned or controlled by us, such as gas heating.
  • Scope 2: Indirect GHG emissions from the generation of purchased electricity used by us.
  • Scope 3: Other indirect GHG emissions. This includes indirect emissions associated with the supply of energy to our offices and business travel.

We have internal systems for collecting the activity data relating to our impact and we are constantly working to improve these systems. Based on our activities, our impact is expressed in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) using published emission factors and taking into account regional differences across the world.

We achieved a 24% decrease in our carbon emissions from 2012-2016. Our new carbon action plan 2016-2021 aims to achieve consistent and verifiable carbon data management and gain external third party verification of our GHG inventory. The plan assigns responsibility to business and office managers for actions that will make a significant reduction in our carbon footprint. This includes business management, office management and business travel.

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