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11th Jul 2023
Alexander Knight MAIPM CPPM, Project Manager and Sustainability Lead at Bridge42
Consulting firm Bridge42 rebranded during the pandemic with a bold, purpose-led vision. As part of their evolution, they placed sustainability at their core and achieved carbon neutral certification through Climate Active in 2021. Alexander Knight MAIPM CPPM shares their journey.
It is a government-backed program that drives voluntary climate action by supporting Australian individuals, businesses and government to protect the climate.
To get carbon neutral certification, businesses and organisations calculate their greenhouse gas emissions, then they reduce their emissions by investing in new technology or changing the way they do business. Any remaining emissions are offset to achieve carbon-neutral status
Addressing the impacts of climate change is undoubtedly one of the greatest challenges of our time and massive action is needed to realise the ambitious, but necessary, net zero emissions by 2050 target of the Paris Climate Agreement.
Bridge42 is a national consulting firm providing strategic, future-focused and vertically integrated property advisory, development and project management services for circa $10 billion in land, master planning and built form developments.
Our status as a Climate Active network member demonstrates that we are taking responsibility for our carbon emissions and aggressively seeking ways to reduce our carbon footprint. We chose not to rely solely on government policies to drive change or have a ‘someone else will fix it’ mindset. Instead of leaving our world in a far worse condition for generations to come we decided to do take action to address climate change.
We have evolved from an organisation which historically monitored and targeted the reduction of resource consumption, to one which leverages a 360-degree view to minimise the carbon footprint of our facilities and operations across Australia.
Bridge42 has implemented a company-wide Emission Reduction Policy to establish high-level controls which has led to many initiatives, such as:
Following our first year of certification, our target of a 5% carbon emissions reduction was easily surpassed with a 26% reduction for the following financial year. We now have our sights set on achieving a further 25% reduction from the 2021-22 financial year by 2025.
We’ve developed, embedded and implemented an organisation-wide Emission Reduction Policy as part of our Safety, Health and Environment Management Systems (SHEMS) corporate portfolio. This will ensure that we achieve our carbon reduction commitment.
Bridge42’s journey through the comprehensive Climate Active certification and recertification processes has provided invaluable first-hand knowledge and insights.
Our learnings identified four key steps for taking climate action:
Bridge42 recognises the built environment sector is a key contributor of carbon emissions. The construction, operation and maintenance of buildings accounts for almost 25% of greenhouse gas emissions in Australia (source: The Conversation).
We have the responsibility to play a key role in managing the impacts of our industry. We are collectively accountable to act now, take up the challenge, and facilitate change. Equipped with an intimate knowledge of carbon assessment and certification, we are well-placed to share our lived-knowledge and assist other organisations with the planning and development of responsible, futureproofed assets.
We are contributing to Australia’s net zero commitment through working with likeminded clients on projects which include establishing carbon assessments to report on carbon generation and modelling the long-term year-on-year carbon footprints of structures. This enables the application of a directed approach at a building’s business case to discover the true future cost of assets.
The buildings we construct today will soon be measured by the annual cost of carbon neutrality and refit costs to reduce the building’s footprint to meet the Australian Government’s 2030 and 2050 emissions reduction targets.
In working with our clients and partners to better understand their carbon footprint and empower them to commence their respective climate action journeys, we seek to achieve a greater impact across the property and construction industry in support of Australia’s net zero commitment.
This article is taken from the Autumn 2023 edition of Paradigm Shift
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