Since 2019, the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report has identified the two most significant global risks by likelihood have been extreme weather and climate action failure. Greenhouse Gas (GHG) or ‘carbon’ emissions are at the core of both these risks.

In a world that is yet to reach ‘peak emissions’, the window of opportunity for reducing emissions and keeping global temperature rise below 2oC is closing fast.

Our depth of services allow us to work directly with our clients at all levels within their organisation, engaging with them to develop strategies, applying our deep knowledge to support implementation; and assist in ongoing management and certification of outcomes.

Organisational Strategy

We can define the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions boundary for your business operations and supply chain, and quantify the associated emissions. This includes identifying scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions sources, providing a platform for planning future reduction strategies and offset investments.

The practice of GHG emissions offsetting can be a complex process. NDY can assist you to identify appropriately certified offset units which align with the values of your stakeholders and your organisational carbon neutral or Net Zero objectives. Carbon credits, nature-based removals or technological removals – we’re familiar with the various options, and once you’re clear on what makes sense for you we can connect you directly with brokers or scheme providers. In today’s world, GHG offset schemes often provide other broader sustainability-related benefits and we can assist you in sourcing products with ‘co-benefits’ that align with your broader ESG priorities.

Whether or not you have developed your own GHG emissions baseline, NDY can work with your business and its stakeholders in detail to establish a roadmap for when and how you will achieve carbon neutrality or Net Zero to a Science-Based Targets definition. This can include mapping out functional and change management requirements for your business, commercial implications, and opportunities for reducing future exposure and risk. A Net Zero Roadmap can be undertaken at company, fund or asset level.

NDY can assist you in voluntary and mandatory GHG emissions disclosures. This can include a range of activities, from end-to-end management of the reporting process, through to developing internal procurement processes and data sets (see also ‘Company Footprinting’).

Whilst circularity derives from maintaining the integrity of technological and biological nutrient cycles, durability and reuse, the ways in which it can be delivered in practice are many and varied. Our specialists can work across your business to identify hotspots and opportunities for improving circularity, with the aim of improving ecological and commercial sustainability. We also collaborate with manufacturers and suppliers to understand available products, commitments to extended-producer responsibility, and alternative procurement models – and to communicate our clients desire for new offerings. And we work with project teams across a broad range of aspects, from adaptive reuse, materials prioritisation, and designing for flexibility, durability, and disassembly for recycling or composting.

Strategy Design & Implementation

As our national energy networks de-carbonise, the focus on operational-based GHG emissions has shifted to whole of life impacts. For buildings and infrastructure, this includes the materials, construction activities and end of life phases.

A life cycle, or whole of life carbon assessment is therefore a ‘cradle-to-grave’ or ‘cradle-to-cradle’ analysis to assess GHG impacts associated with all the stages of an asset’s life. NDY’s specialists undertake LCA/WOLC analysis to identify project emissions hotspots and develop strategies to de-carbonise your project through individual phases or throughout its lifecycle.

From a project procurement perspective, the boundary of responsibility for emissions generated may reside with multiple parties. NDY can help you delineate your direct obligations from whole of project, which often includes assessing design and construction related emissions in isolation. Such an approach is consistent with life cycle phases ‘A1 to A5’ in accordance with BS EN 15978:2011.

The use of simulation within the built environment has grown exponentially over recent years, as has the drive for design teams to create more and more challenging built forms. Within the software packages that NDY use, we are able to generate huge volumes of data, which when efficiently processed, allows us to visualize much more clearly trends and patterns, without having to solely rely on typical rules of thumb that our industry is comfortable with. Our approach uses multi-objective analysis and parametric modelling to influence the built form and drive decision making, providing our clients with a unique solutions focused outcome bespoke to their specific project.

For many, the transition to net zero will be a gradual one. The phase out of fossil-fuel based plant and equipment, in line with budget and existing replacement program, requires planning and business case support. NDY’s multidiscipline specialists can work with asset owners, facilities managers and investors to map out a plant replacement strategy that aligns with emissions reduction goals (such activities may also be captured in our ‘Net Zero Roadmap’ service).

As part of a multi-discipline team of specialists, we can develop site-wide renewable energy strategies and detailed design solutions to reduce your projects operational footprint. This can also include liaising with authorities and identifying funding sources and partnerships.

Through a detailed understanding of site energy balances, services integration opportunities, viable supply chains, and the cutting edge of technology, NDY can provide the expertise necessary to entirely remove fossil fuels from assets. Electrification can be complex – particularly in existing buildings or where supporting infrastructure is constrained –but our experience across a range of context in electrifying heating, domestic hot water, cooking, process steam, standby electrical generation and fire water systems is extensive.

Management & Validation

By providing advice in line with local and globally recognised frameworks and standards, we can assist your business in achieving independent certification of your carbon reduction efforts.

This can include third-party accreditations with recognised market value if you desire – our team has experience working with peak bodies including the Carbon Trust and Climate Active, and can manage the process on your behalf.

Already mapped out your emissions profile and reduction strategies? NDY can provide independent third-party validation and offer recommendations for refining part or all of your emissions reduction plan.

Many asset level sustainability certifications assess GHG emissions at their core. Certifications offer projects an opportunity to verify against the GHG emissions and energy targets. NDY works extensively across sustainability certification which include but is not limited to Climate Active, Green Star, NABERS, LEED, Living Building Challenge.

Any roadmap requires a process of validation as it is implemented to confirm that the anticipated emissions reduction or offset targets are being met. NDY has considerable experience in the process of building tuning, both for new build and refurbished physical assets, using project-specific benchmarks to monitor performance over time and identify any areas requiring further attention to deliver optimum performance in collaboration with facilities management and contractors.

NDY provides a range of climate-change related training modules for clients, including GHG emissions. We can provide first-principles training on understanding how to identify emissions sources in your business, through to advanced education on implementing reduction strategies and developing in-house capability.

Our team are experienced change agents in the field of sustainability and can assist businesses in a range of management activities, including procurement and consultation.

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Mark McKenna
Global Head of Sustainability
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