Carbon Trust certifies Mott MacDonald as net zero

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Mott MacDonald has been certified carbon neutral for the second year running – this year including the contracting parts of the group, such as JN Bentley.

Mott MacDonald has been certified by the Carbon Trust as carbon neutral for the second year running. The PAS2060 certification has seen the Trust independently verify the company’s carbon footprint, including JN Bentley and subsidiaries Mott MacDonald Bentley and JBA-Bentley.

In addition to emissions from office energy and business travel, Mott MacDonald’s carbon footprint now includes the emissions from colleagues working from home, which was a significant number due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and those arising from commuting – going beyond the requirements of the standards required for carbon neutral certification.

Sally Sudworth, Mott MacDonald’s global head of sustainability and climate change, said: “We are proud to have been certified as carbon neutral for the second year running which continues to support our efforts to becoming a net-zero carbon business by 2040 and boosts our credentials as an industry leader when it comes to tackling climate change.”

In total, the company’s carbon footprint amounted to 19,110 tonnes of CO2 equivalent, a 45% decrease on its 2018 baseline. This resulted in large part, from a 30% reduction in global energy emissions as the company transitioned to renewables. The pandemic also reduced business travel, which has reduced that part of carbon emissions too.

Sally Sudworth added: “The continued reduction in our emissions means we are well on our way to address climate change in line with the recommendations of the 2015 Paris Agreement. Over the course of this year and beyond, we will continue to broaden and deepen our activities to reduce carbon emissions even further.”

Mott MacDonald offsets any remaining greenhouse gas emissions it produces through an offsetting project – a peatland restoration project in Indonesia. The project was chosen carefully as it is a highly impactful carbon removal activity that also brings benefits to the local economy and local ecosystem.