Creating a better tomorrow



The built environment is responsible for almost 40% of global carbon emissions. At Rider Levett Bucknall, we are committed to creating a better tomorrow. We are collaborating with our clients to find long-term solutions that drive down emissions and uncover new value – and we are also reducing the carbon emissions that arise from our own business activities.

This policy has been prepared by RLB’s Global CSR Committee and endorsed by the RLB Global Board to provide a clear position on reducing carbon emission arising from our business activities.

RLB recognises the significant and adverse global impacts resulting from greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We support the international targets to hold global temperature rise at 1.5oC, as set out in the Paris Agreement, and are setting an ambitious global target of net zero emissions by 2030.

RLB commits to the following actions to address our global GHG emissions and achieve net zero carbon emissions, measured in terms of tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e). Across all regions, RLB will:

  • Consolidate our global emissions data to understand our global baseline emissions by 2024
  • Measure Scope 1, 2 and 3 carbon emissions in line with either the Greenhouse Gas Protocol[1] and/or the ISO14064[2] standard
  • Recognise that each region may move at a different pace, due to unique regional challenges, distinct legislation, and diverse markets. Some regions are further along their journey to net zero than others
  • Share best practice and offer appropriate training and support to those regions with less experience to ensure we accelerate our collective action and move each region to a similar position by 2025
  • Set short-term targets and define associated actions at a regional level to reduce our tCO2e emissions, and work towards a longer-term goal to achieve net zero emissions by 2030 as a global business
  • Raise awareness of targets and provide necessary training for all employees
  • Take actions to reduce total (absolute) emissions
  • Allocate resources required to deliver this policy
  • Reduce our carbon emissions to net zero, or as close to net zero as possible, with any unavoidable, residual emissions offset with highly credible, Gold Standard carbon offsets that deliver lasting social, economic and environmental benefits
  • Commit to independently verified carbon reporting, regionally and/or globally, by 2025
  • Report our emissions to the Global Board, internally to all employees and externally via the required reporting standards, and via

[1] The Greenhouse Gas Protocol, established by the World Resource Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, supplies the world’s most widely used greenhouse gas accounting standards

[2] ISO14064 is the International Standard for carbon footprint calculation