Net Zero – is it practical, measurable and achievable?

Laura, our project management intern, recently completed her final year of studies at Liverpool John Moores University. Her dissertation titled Combatting Climate Change in the Construction Industry, is it practical, measurable and achievable’ has generated some interesting results. 

The aim of the dissertation was to critically analyse and investigate:

  • How the construction industry is working towards achieving net zero. 
  • If there are any barriers and challenges which may prevent the construction industry from meeting the 2050 target. 
  • If the construction industry has made a good start with working towards achieving net zero or still has a long way to go. 

Over 60 professionals currently working in the construction industry replied to Laura’s questionnaire.

  • Construction professionals did not unanimously consider that net zero is both achievable and practical. 
  • 44% of respondents had heard of carbon calculators but never used one to calculate embedded carbon. 
  • 66% of the respondent companies had a carbon reduction plan in place. 
  • None of the respondents stated that their organisation is accredited to PAS 2080. 
  • 80% of the respondents considered that there should be an industry carbon calculator. 
  • 88% of the respondents considered that both design standards and construction contracts need to be updated to incorporate net zero. 
  • 86.3% of the respondents considered that net zero should be a mandatory CPD requirement and should be introduced into all built environment academic courses. 

Here at Wilde we strive towards achieving net zero and minimise the environmental impact of our projects by:

  • Carbon Reduction Group: A working group dedicated to sharing best practices and driving carbon reduction within our designs, and developing staff members to adapt to rapidly changing requirements and new techniques.
  • Integrating Whole Life Carbon Reduction: We identify opportunities to reduce whole life carbon of assets throughout the project life cycle, from project feasibility stage to construction.
  • Early Involvement: We can assist at an early stage in the project life cycle to develop solutions to the brief whilst working towards net zero objectives.
  • Re-use Potential: We identify opportunities for re-use or refurbishment of existing assets and the effect on whole-life carbon.
  • Carbon Assessment: We undertake embodied carbon assessments to quantify carbon in our designs and drive continuous improvement.


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