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Pathway to net zero

Join us as we design the global transition to green energy. We’re committed to reducing our impact as business, so we can shape a brighter future for our planet.

Planet earth

Steps to sustainability

  • Measure

    • Measure emissions from travel
    • Emissions from offices, furniture & computers
    • Emissions from social activities
    • Carbon associated with our design output
  • Reduce

    • Eliminate waste
    • Ask suppliers for low-carbon options
    • Optimise energy use (efficient buildings, efficient hardware, efficient behaviour).
    • Provide data to our clients on carbon for all design output
  • Eliminate

    • Eliminate high carbon activities if possible (expect air travel being hard to eliminate)
    • Reduce carbon through alternative sourcing, alternative energy supply, efficiency.
    • Promote zero carbon ‘pathway’ suppliers for steel and concrete
  • Sequester

    • WT will seek options to sequester equivalent carbon to our hard-to-eliminate emissions.
    • Help our clients with long-term and bio-positive solutions,seagrass,wetlands,etc
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Our Sustainability Journey

  • Monitoring of environmental impacts

    17 months of monitoring now complete

  • 6-monthly reporting of impacts

    2 reports completed and issued

  • Achieve ISO 14001

    Certification process underway Audits April and June 2022

  • Release WT Sustainability Charter

    Charter in draft

  • Carbon reporting

    Include Carbon Reporting in all our output, drawings, concept and FEED reports, MTO reporting.

  • Undertake Materiality assessment

    Sign up to Science Based Targets (carbon) and SBT (nature).

  • Decarbonisation challenge

    Engage Steel Value Chain on decarbonisation challenge

  • Into the future

    Strategic Action Plan being drafted for implementation during 2022 and beyond.

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Alastair Muir Wood, CEO

Sustainability Charter

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Strategy for net zero

  • Flexible working

  • 1st actions

    Reduce consumption by buying energy efficient appliances, and turning off standby where poss.

  • 2nd actions

    Automatic lighting and heating controls tuned for efficiency. Get 100% renewable energy suppliers.

  • 3rd actions

    Invest in energy efficient office envelope (BREEAM good or enerPHit good).

  • 2031 residue

  • Office gas

  • 1st actions

    Check for standard energy efficiency measures.

  • 2nd actions

    Make sure office is not heated at weekends/evenings.

  • 3rd actions

    Seek non-gas premises for rent.

  • 2031 residue

    Some office heating will still be gas.

  • Office paper

  • 1st actions

    Invest in good PDF software.

  • 2nd actions

    Adopt electronic mark-up for all documents and drawings.

  • 3rd actions

    Go paperless.

  • 2031 residue

    Receipts, invoices, bills paper packaging.

  • Computer & phones

  • 1st actions

    Buy computers that can be repaired and recycled.

  • 2nd actions

    Have computer supplier with a net-zero objective by 2031.

  • 3rd actions

    All IT suppliers must have a net-zero objective by 2031.

  • 2031 residue

    Specialist analysis hardware.

  • Other hardware

  • 1st actions

    Look for one supplier who will manage carbon emissions.

  • 2nd actions

  • 3rd actions

  • 2031 residue

  • Software & consultancy

  • 1st actions

    Procurement policy to ask major suppliers about their net-zero plans (they must have one)(turnover >£10m).

  • 2nd actions

    Extend the policy down to suppliers with turnover >£5m.

  • 3rd actions

    Look for carbon reduction certification for all softwares (evaluate cost threshold).

  • 2031 residue

    Small suppliers.

  • National travel

  • 1st actions

    Encourage staff to be sensible with travel (office to office travel must have 2 or 3 reasons).

  • 2nd actions

    Prevent internal travel by plane (car, bike or train only). Help staff to choose an EV (loan scheme).

  • 3rd actions

    Encourage train travel over other forms due to productivity and carbon benefits.

  • 2031 residue

    Personal car travel in non-Evs. Carbon emissons from diesel trains.

  • International travel

  • 1st actions

    Plan international travel to wrap up 2 or 3 reasons. Encourage going for longer to make the most of a trip. 2 days per 5000 miles.

  • 2nd actions

    Charge clients a carbon offset surcharge if they ask WT staff to attend meetings.

  • 3rd actions

    Prevent business travel by plane. Set limits on inter-continental travel frequency for long-term postings.

  • 2031 residue

    Communication travel between WT offices. Some client requested travel.

  • Computing consumption

  • 1st actions

    Rationalise what/where we do our offsite computing – must have a net-zero plan.

  • 2nd actions

    Look for more efficient suppliers of computing power.

  • 3rd actions

    Look to source the most efficient calculation machines

  • 2031 residue

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