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Net zero in the built environment:

Everything you need to know in 5 minutes
June 4th, 2024

Health, safety and net zero – what you need to know about AEC.

If you are involved in building or property management, then you will know from experience that our national net zero targets aren’t an ambition or an opt-in – sustainable management affects your everyday work and, more likely than not, it’s a fundamental part of your strategy.

If you have to prove how you are embedding sustainability into every building management decision you make, you aren’t alone.

That’s why, now more than ever, it’s important to choose partners that understand the sustainability stakes, who face the same challenges as you, and who can support you in achieving your net-zero targets – all the while keeping you compliant and saving you money.

Keep reading to see why you can trust AEC to be that partner.


Health, safety, and sustainable decision-making

When sustainability is part of your building management strategy, you will already know it isn’t an isolated task. In fact, you will know just how far-reaching it can be (and it goes far beyond simply making energy-efficiency upgrades at your site).

One of the areas that sustainable decision-making affects is health and safety – because when commissioning a construction, retrofit or demolition project at your site, you know that you need to minimise the environmental impact of the vital health and safety work – such as asbestos surveying – that will be carried out.

That’s why one of the most critical ways of monitoring that your health and safety projects are the most sustainable they can be is to understand the sustainability credentials of the partners who carry out this vital work.


Sustainable health and safety partners

Sustainability is everyone’s business, so while you are responsible for ensuring sustainability at your properties, you know that it is just as important that your partners are on board as well – and that’s just as true for your health, safety and occupational hygiene partners as it is for any construction teams you choose.

If you are part of a local authority procurement framework, or have corporate ESG targets, you will already know that sustainability isn’t another nice-to-have. Verifiable, sustainable credentials are a pre-requisite for the partners you choose.

Your project may not be able to proceed without them.

So, how do you know if you partner will ensure your project will support your sustainable building management goals?


Asking the right questions of your partners

More so than ever, you have to be aware of which partners can meet these criteria, and you have to ask questions such as:

  • How are they limiting their own CO2 emissions?
  • Will we reduce our carbon impact by choosing a more local partner?
  • What management systems do they have to ensure their projects at our site will minimise carbon emissions?
  • Will they be able to provide data on their emissions for our Scope 3 reporting?

Choosing the right partner doesn’t just keep you compliant and your emissions on target: it ensures your projects run on track, on time, and within budget.


So, why choose AEC as a sustainable supply chain partner?

At AEC, we understand the deep, complex nature of the challenges you face in achieving your sustainable building management goals.

That’s because we are also on the same journey as you are.

It is all outlined in our pledge to reduce our emissions to net zero by 2050 – and that pledge carries through to the work we complete at your site.

By working together, you can ensure that:

  • Your health, safety and occupational hygiene projects are managed according to industry-leading, ISO 14001 standards for environmental management.
  • Site visits and training are carried out to reduce carbon emissions and accommodate virtual meetings.
  • You have full transparency over our emissions reporting – which ensures your own reporting is robust and compliant.

Taking the next step

We are as serious as you are about your commitment to sustainability in your health, safety or occupational hygiene projects, which is why, when carrying out our work, our emissions are trackable, quantifiable and verifiable.

We have over 25 years’ experience supporting businesses to manage asbestos, Legionella and other occupational hygiene hazards.

For advice on your next project, don’t hesitate to call us as 0203 384 6175 (Essex) or 0161 872 7111 (Manchester) or visit aec.uk to learn more.

* AEC is UKAS accredited for asbestos surveys, air testing and bulk sample analysis only.

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