Setting project-based sustainability targets
Our approach to sustainable project design starts with a sustainability questionnaire that is sent to clients at the start of a project in order to open up a dialogue about environmental aspirations. The design process then begins with a review designed to establish potential opportunities for sustainable initiatives in the project. At the end of the process, a critique is held to check performance. In addition, the company reports monthly via a REDFLAG system on performance against targets across teams.
Research, development and innovation
Our ongoing commitment to research in association with Cambridge University's engineering department has led to measurable advances in a range of sustainable engineering techniques. These include timber concrete composite floor systems, timber framed multi-storey car parks and cross-laminated timber panel construction. This research fed directly into the design of what was then the UK's largest cross-laminated timber structure, the extension of the St John Fisher School, Peterborough.
We are currently the UK's leading experts in the engineering design of large scale timber structures. We have also pioneered advances in lean concrete design, such as the voided deck system and cassette rafts.
We are proud that Ramboll's approach to de-carbonisation has meant 6,000 tCO2 saved over the last five years, and that our desire to achieve carbon savings has not been led by regulation but by our engineers' passion for contributing to efficient low carbon design.
Our own operational CO2 savings
In the UK, Ramboll achieved a 10% reduction in its operational CO2 output in the last 18 months, a saving of approximately 8 tonnes of CO2. A number of elements make up our sustainable operations approach. One example is that our operational de-carbonisation strategy includes a formal environmental purchasing policy, implemented at board level.
Ramboll's London office has a BREEAM Excellent rating and almost all our UK offices have ISO 14001:2004 accreditation, and our environmental reporting complies with ISO guidelines. In London, we use a 100% renewable electricity supply, have a comprehensive recycling program and actively support cyclists on our staff, including the provision of on-site bike storage and free bike maintenance.
We have a Sustainability Task Group that sets company-wide environmental objectives, and through its regular internal publication Green Piece ensures new developments in internal practice, as well as R&D findings, are widely disseminated.