Our vision is to design and deliver projects which we can be proud of - projects which deliver a positive, enduring impact on the world.
To do this, we are committed to embedding sustainability principles throughout our business, with programs and initiatives influencing training, communications, business systems and procedures, KPIs and importantly, the projects we work on with clients.
Sustainability on projects
Over the past few years, SKM has entered a new phase on our sustainability journey, with our Sustainability by Design toolkit reaching further and having a greater impact than ever before. SKM's sustainability practitioners have taken this structured, repeatable process into projects across the globe generating outcomes that go beyond "business as usual" to deliver smarter, more sustainable solutions to our clients' problems. Our unique approach is helping clients to translate their sustainability policies into practice.
In addition to our Sustainability by Design approach and strategic consulting services, we offer a range of technical sustainability related services including renewable energy, resource efficiency, climate change advice, sustainable transport and green buildings, to name a few. To find out more about Sustainability by Design, strategic consulting or any of the other sustainability services we offer, please contact Sinclair Knight Merz.
Along with our work with clients, we acknowledge the importance of getting our own house in order and "walking the talk".
SKM has a comprehensive program to manage and report on our environmental footprint in the key areas of carbon, buildings, travel and procurement for the more than 20 countries in which we operate.
In 2007, we began with a strategy to reduce emissions as much as practicably possible with an ambitious target - to reduce our GHG emissions by 30% per full time employee over 3 years. Not only did we achieve this goal, but to date, we have achieved the extraordinary results of reducing our GHG emission by 44% per full time employee.
More details are available in our 2011/12 Treading Lightly report.
The SKM Carbon Fund
Insights from our work to achieve the initial 30% reduction target have underpinned our second major carbon abatement strategy - the Carbon Fund. At the core of our business, SKM's service is based on providing technical solutions to our clients, solutions which include carbon reduction. The Carbon Fund aims to align with SKM's core business by sourcing carbon reductions through our projects, client services and clients. The size of the Fund is based on the level of our group-wide emissions and a market value of carbon.
The Carbon Fund began in 2011 and achieved some great outcomes in the first year. Our vision is that the Fund will ultimately abate all SKM's operational emissions and, in time, will self-finance those reductions. We expect that this will be an exciting, though by no means simple journey, and we look forward to continuing to share our progress in the coming years.