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Climate Action Group

Driving a reduction in carbon emissions from the built environment value chain.

Understanding and managing carbon in supply chains

Over 30 of our Partners and their suppliers are collaborating through the School to report their performance against carbon-related activities through the Sustainability Tool.

There is a climate emergency – the IPCC and Committee on Climate Change state that we need to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The built environment is a significant contributor to the situation.

Through its Partners and member companies across the sector, the School has an extensive presence and reach to make a significant difference.

The School’s Climate Action Group is the forum to enable this; proactive businesses are coming together to make consistent decisions and take concerted action against carbon emissions in their own organisations and in their supply chains.

The aim of the group is to drive a reduction in carbon emissions from the built environment value chain through the products, works and services procured.

How will this be achieved?

Reducing carbon emissions is being achieved by improving understandings on the scale of the issue, and where priorities lie through the capture and analysis of data.

The education and upskilling of supply chains is facilitated by specific learning materials in the School, enabling a common understanding across client, designer, main contractor, and supplier communities.

The group uses Action Sustainability’s Sustainability Tool to record and manage performance against carbon producing activities.

Users report performance against a number of metrics in a base-unit format that is easily recognisable to anyone in the built environment. The Tool has in-built functionality to convert this performance into carbon emissions, giving all in the supply chain a chance to better understand, and therefore reduce their scope 1, 2 and 3 carbon.

Key topics related to climate action

Sustainable Procurement

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Environmental Management

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Energy & Carbon

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Air Quality

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Biodiversity & Ecology

‘Biodiversity’ simply refers to all living things. Every species, no…

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The built environment industry can reduce the negative impacts of…

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Key carbon resources

Energy and Carbon
Energy and Carbon
Energy and Carbon
Air Quality

Other useful links

The Sustainability Tool
Monitor and manage the impact of your projects through a sustainability performance reporting system, designed to be used for supply chain management.
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Better sustainability data, better decisions
The Sustainability Tool is the only tool in the world that allows the collection of data in a uniform way and to benchmark themselves in against industry peers.
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Sustainability Tool online guidance
Discover how to report using the Sustainability Tool.
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Climate Action group meeting notes

Our Partners

The Climate Action Group is a collaboration between clients, contractors and suppliers who have a mutual interest in driving a reduction in carbon emissions from the built environment value chain through the products, works and services procured.