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22 Nov 2021 | Industry Insights

Committing to a net-zero future

The built environment is responsible for almost 40% of global carbon emissions and it is our responsibility to ensure we reduce emissions whilst contributing to a sustainable future. 

Human activities are estimated to have already caused 1°C of global warming above pre-industrial levels and unless drastic action is taken, we will surpass the 1.5°C threshold in the next 30 to 50 years. 

There are significant risks associated with global warming above 1.5°C and global emissions over the next few decades will shape our planet for centuries to come. 

Operating in the built environment and against the backdrop of COP26, Twinview recognises it has a vital role to play in mitigating the impact of the climate crisis and enabling buildings to adapt to ongoing change. 

Carbon commitments 

Twinview is committed to a 1.5°C reduction future. Our Zero23 initiative will see us become a net-zero carbon organisation by 2023, contributing meaningfully to the UN Sustainable Development Goals whilst creating shared value for our clients and our communities as well as safeguarding our planet. 

We have also signed up for The Global Science-Based Targets and the Carbon Reduction Code for the Built Environment. Our commitments will be delivered through our ISO14001 Environmental Management System. 

In addition, we have signed up for the UK Government's Together For Our Planet campaign and will continue to take steps to reduce carbon use. 

Route map for reducing emissions 

Implementing an ambitious action plan will see us achieve our net-zero target by 2023, however, this will require further coordinated efforts across the business to change behaviour and implement best practices in areas such as energy, waste, purchasing and travel. 

The cost savings associated with meeting the targets, particularly cutting business travel and reducing our purchase of goods and services, could save thousands of pounds a year. 

We are aiming to procure electricity from 100% renewable sources by 2021. Only electric cars will be used for business travel as far as practically possible, equating to 1.5% of our 30% emissions reduction target. Reducing business travel by 50% will account for a 10% reduction in emissions. 

By implementing hybrid working, we aim to cut commuting by 20%. This equates to 2% of our 2023 emissions target. We will commit to monitoring and continuously improving the performance of our office, Spaceworks, showing reductions in energy consumption on a like-for-like basis, year-on-year. 

By utilising Twinview in Spaceworks, we can identify and determine new opportunities to lower our carbon footprint whilst optimising the building’s performance. 

Twinview is a browser-based digital twin platform for the property sector connecting building systems’ data to a 3D model viewed on a single dashboard. Twinview becomes your first step to achieving Net Zero by providing continuous live data and  optimised building performance whilst reducing costs and improving the user experience.

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