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Stephen George & Partners, one of the UK’s leading architectural practices, placed in the ‘Top 100 practices by the Architects’ Journal, has achieved certification to Planet Mark.
This is Stephen George & Partners’ second year of business carbon footprint reporting and certification to The Planet Mark. It first calculated the carbon footprint of its Leicester Office for the year ending May 2019 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.
Stephen George & Partners’ total carbon footprint in the year ending May 2020 was 59.9 tCO2e, an impressive decrease of 39.4% from the year ending 2019. The relative carbon footprint was 1.2 tCO2e per employee, a decrease of 31.8% compared to last year.
Acting on climate change has never been more important. With global targets in 2030 becoming more pressing, businesses of all types must begin to robustly evaluate how they conduct business. Whether it is to appeal to the modern consumer or to provide benefit for the planet, we all must act to manage and reduce our environmental impacts.
“These are extraordinary results from Stephen George & Partners. Given the longstanding commitment to sustainable principles at the Leicester office, I must commend the team in their tireless efforts to continually improve. Across the board, measures have been put in place to reduce the practice’s impact on the planet, and the payoff is clear to see. This should serve as a clear call to action for all in the industry – positive change is always possible.”
At Stephen George & Partners we have had social responsibility and sustainable principles in place for four years. Aligned with the United Nations Development goals, our work with school children, in conjunction with The Heaven Company, and reducing our carbon footprint are incredibly important to us. Social Value, as one of our core values for the organisation, influences how we operate day to day as a business and where we can enhance our clients offering to local areas. The Planet Mark has not only given us a way to demonstrate our improvements, but to provide many ideas and introduce us to likeminded businesses who are looking to make a difference.”
Stephen George & Partners has a passion for sustainability that embeds itself in all the company does. From incorporating innovative design solutions such solar panels, solar water heating and natural shading to its Leicester office, to providing education courses for schoolchildren on sustainable and forward thinking architectural principles, the practice’s holistic approach to sustainability has encouraged an encompassing approach in the way it conducts business.
Architectural practices have an important role to play in creating a sustainable future. The built environment contributes to around 20% of the UK’s carbon emissions, so architectural practices must adopt low-carbon, sustainable design principles if the country is to meet its national targets. Clients are also becoming increasingly aware of the need to take action, demanding their supply chain is able to deliver sustainable products and demonstrate their own sustainable credentials.
As part of the Planet Mark certification, Stephen George & Partners has committed to make a year-on-year reduction.