Declaring a climate emergency
Here at LEDA we have always been focused on sustainability in solutions for new and existing buildings. Our work is moving more and more into Passive House, low carbon technologies, renewable energy and adaption for future conditions. We are helping others to reduce their carbon emissions and produce more sustainable buildings.
In our own offices we have been making incremental improvements to reduce energy use and carbon emissions, and have maintained our investors in the Environment Green Level accreditation for several years News item: investors-in-the-environmental-green-award-achieved-again. Our team travel by shared transit, cycling and walking whenever possible. We won our category for participation in the LovetoRide #cycleseptember challenge for Yorkshire and were second in the UK in 2018. We refuse, reduce and recycle to minimise waste and look for opportunities to improve our own premises to use less energy.
There is a need to increase the pace of carbon emission reductions and we recognise that we are in a state of climate emergency. The IPCC report states that to limit overshoot to 1.5°C substantial changes are needed: “global net anthropogenic CO2 emissions decline by about 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching net zero around 2050”. As a business, we are developing a plan to increase the rate at which our business decarbonises and only when we have a plan that we can implement will we formally declare our response to the climate emergency, as it is vital that this declaration is more than just words.