Achieving net zero carbon

The science has never been clearer, and as businesses and governments around the world pledge their commitment to net zero carbon, the call to act has never been more pressing. RPS is committed to reaching net zero carbon using science-based targets and we are ready to help you achieve it too.

 

Shape new advantage

Investor scrutiny has overtaken legislation as the primary driver. Organisations need to demonstrate a coherent Corporate Responsibility Strategy and robust environment, social, governance (ESG) reporting. Failure to do so risks non-compliance and threatens the confidence of investors, customers and workforce. Future-proofing requires a pathway towards net zero.

Meeting this challenge requires transformative change and taking a lead provides the opportunity to shape new advantage.

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Supporting the path to net zero carbon

Your carbon footprint might be complex, but your journey to net zero doesn’t have to be.

With RPS, you will work in partnership with a trusted advisor – your carbon champion – to give you confidence at every stage

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  • Status check, benchmark and goal setting

    A climate strategy starts by understanding your current climate impact and identifying a baseline. Our experts will review or calculate your total greenhouse gas emissions, undertake a strategic review of your business and help you define your goals.

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  • Set company (science based) target, strategy and route plan

    We will help you to set a science-based target and work with you to shape your tailored net zero route plan. Our team will support you develop and embed ambitious strategies and industry best-practice into your business.

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  • Implementation

    Uniquely positioned to advise and deliver, your carbon champion will connect you with RPS’ in-house multi-disciplinary expertise. Our expert teams can consent, design and implement the solutions to deliver on your strategy.

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  • Progress evaluation and communication

    We’ll track your progress, advise on strategy updates and help you to communicate your actions and results to internal and external stakeholders. This sets the benchmark for the next stage of your route plan.

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Why RPS

We’re proud to have ranked as no. 1 for climate change and energy consultancy in this year’s Environment Analyst UK market assessment for the UK’s Environmental Consulting sector.

We support clients at every step of their net zero journey; making complex easy with pragmatic advice for strategy and goal setting right through to practical and innovative design and development solutions to achieve them.

Founded on over 40 years advising on sustainability and environmental issues, we use our deep expertise to find solutions to problems that matter.

 

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Corporate strategy, CSR and management

Sustainability encompasses more than just climate change. With multi-disciplinary expertise and a holistic approach, we inform, advise and support clients to align with key UN Sustainable Development Goals, global indices and reporting initiatives. Our teams are led by experts who understand commercial, political and environmental practicalities.

  • Corporate sustainability and ESG (including comms)
  • Science-based target development
  • Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) reporting
  • Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) reporting
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Environmental Management Systems (14001)
  • Environmental auditing
  • Carbon footprinting (annual corporate)
  • Independent carbon verification (ISO 14064-3)
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Scope 3 (supply chain carbon assessment)

 

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Development projects

The transformation to a net zero carbon society will require a shift in the way we plan, design and build the supporting infrastructure. Our team has extensive experience in sourcing and designing sustainable solutions and assessing energy usage. For both new and existing buildings, RPS can help your portfolio meet the net zero carbon target.

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Strategic advice

  • Circular economy solutions
  • Materials and resource management
  • Sustainable transport solutions
  • Behavioural change
  • Green procurement
  • Liveable cities
  • Green infrastructure

Site selection & development project strategies

  • Assist to understand net zero carbon definition and define a suitable brief
  • Energy statements / strategies
  • Feasibility studies for Low and Zero Carbon (LZC) technologies
  • Forecasting operational energy and carbon emissions and setting achievable targets
  • Waste strategy
  • Transport strategy
  • Sustainability statements, appraisals and strategy
  • Biodiversity and natural capital advice

Building design standards

  • Energy calculations for building regulations compliance (SAP for residential and SBEM/BRUKL for commercial)
  • Thermal bridging calculations
  • Daylight / sunlight & overshadowing assessments (proposed and surrounding buildings)
  • BREEAM UK domestic / non-domestic (construction, refurbishment)
  • BREEAM international
  • BREEAM in-use
  • Home Quality Mark (UK)
  • Overheating / thermal comfort analysis
  • SKA assessment
  • WELL AP
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard
  • Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB) standard
  • Home Performance Index

     

 

Design and engineering

  • Low carbon design
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Lighting design
  • Water harvesting and recycling 
  • Energy infrastructure and provision / utilities strategy
  • Construction and fabrication strategies – offsite construction
  • Hydrology, flood risk and sustainable drainage

Construction

  • Off-site construction
  • Monitor construction to ensure that low energy systems are installed correctly and as designed
  • Assist with building services commissioning, end-user training and planned maintenance
  • CoCP / CEMP

Operation

  • Display Energy Certificates (DEC)
  • Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)
  • ESOS audits / energy audits
  • Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) and identifying performance gaps
  • Monitoring in-use stage energy and carbon emissions and reporting on out of range usage
  • Measuring renewable energy generation on-site and comparing against forecasted generation

Key contacts

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Conall Boland

Sustainable Infrastructure +353 1 488 2900 EMAIL
Dublin - West Pier | Ireland
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Joe Ellis

Transport planning +44 20 3691 0500 EMAIL
London - Farringdon Street | UK
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Tanya Lloyd-Jones

Strategy and BREEAM +44 1235 821 888 EMAIL
Abingdon | UK
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Alex Mozaffari

Energy and carbon assessments +44 20 3691 0500 EMAIL
London - Farringdon Street | UK
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Dan Smyth

Carbon quantification +44 1235 821 888 EMAIL
Brighton | UK
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Simon Bourke

Low carbon design +44 (0) 20 3691 0500 EMAIL
London - Farringdon Street | UK

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