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Mott Macdonald to become carbon neutral

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Mott MacDonald has pledged to become carbon neutral by the end of 2020.

The main aim is to drive down carbon emissions in the short, medium and long-term, by implementing a set of policies and actions on carbon management. Residual carbon emissions will be offset in close partnership with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in this sphere.

The company will take several measures to meet its pledge including converting to renewable energy supplies as soon as possible and wherever possible for its offices worldwide, and reduce the amount of flights by behavioural change. Mott MacDonald also said that it will investigate mechanisms for more robust carbon management, such as better data management, internal incentivisation, better quality data and tracking performance.

Where possible, the firm will aim towards switching hired vehicles to a hybrid/electric and pursue external PAS 2060 Carbon Neutral certification, exploring what Science-Based Targets would mean for the company.

In order to become carbon neutral by the end of 2020, it will be necessary to purchase offsets, driving down the need to offset as much and as fast as possible thereafter. The company will improve the quality of the offsets it buys progressively so it can show leadership against best practice standards and benchmarks. Furthermore, the firm will start immediately to develop partnerships with NGOs and develop its own projects for offsetting in the longer term.

Mike Haigh, Group Chairman, Mott MacDonald, said: “We are proud of our plan of action to become carbon neutral by 2020. Both in response to recent events and the wider intensification of discussions surrounding climate change, there is an increasing call both internally and externally for Mott MacDonald to take action. Now is the time to act and we hope that this will encourage the wider industry to take similar steps.”

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