How we shape a better world - Sustainability: Our year in perspective 2014/15 – Arup

Arup Sustainability Report 2014-15
Arup’s 2014-15 report demonstrates through case studies how Arup is delivering social usefulness and fulfilling its mission to shape a better world.
Key findings
  • 19% carbon reduction per employee, equating to a 7% overall reduction
  • 87% diverted from landfill
  • 100% offices certified ISO 14001 Environmental Management System
  • £511,000 invested in charities and community organisations

Arup is independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services.

In its 2014-15 sustainability report Arup gives examples of how it is delivering on its mission to shape a better world through the 2,500 projects it has completed for clients during this period. Projects include:

  • Lighting for people - Arup has provided a skylight design for The Hub, BSkyB, London. This means daylight can be used for 70% of working hours in the open office areas directly below the roof.

  • Driving regeneration – Arup worked with Carillion for the design and construction of the 7.8km road section of the A465 between Brynmawr and Tredegar. Using traffic micro-simulation modelling, Arup demonstrated that free-flow traffic on the new road would reduce annual in-use CO2e by 10%.

  • Unlocking a programme of regeneration - Arup’s Programme Delivery Dashboard is a powerful interactive digital tool that allows the London Borough of Croydon to easily visualise, monitor and manage a regeneration programme, comprising over 160 construction projects, in real time.

Looking forward

Arup’s strategy continues to have a focus on cities, which will play an ever-increasing role worldwide over the coming years. Arups’ role is to provide unity across these critical agendas and help improve resilience and confidence. This will include:

  • Launch of the Arup Cities Strategy: This is the culmination of many years of study into cities and the issues they face. With nearly 70% of the world’s population set to live in cities by 2030, the quality of life cities offer will determine our global future

  • Exploration of the concept of the Digital Railway: Following on from the publication of Future of Rail 2050 Arup will focus will be on sustainable station and train design, climate resilience and carbon foot printing.

  • Design of the Arup Energy Trilemma Index: This is a flexible tool designed to quantify and rate the impacts of energy projects and policies on a country’s ‘trilemma’ index: its ability to balance affordability, sustainability and security.

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