VIDEO: Cundall net-zero target to be “formalised” by end of 2020

The firm’s MD for the Middle East, Richard Stratton, says the formulation of its net-zero commitment has “slowed down”

International consultancy firm Cundall has admitted that the formalisation to become a global net-zero business will now likely fall at the end of the 2020.

Speaking during Cosentino’s episode on how COVID-19 will impact sustainable construction for its webinar series, Stratton stated that as part of making a net-zero commitment, it has to be independently assessed and believed that this process is likely to “slow down”.

However, Stratton added that COVID-19 will not impact what it is setting out to achieve with net-zero carbon building targets.

In January, Cundall made the pledge to become a net-zero business across its global operations by the middle of 2020 to align with the United Nation’s (UN) 2030 Sustainable Development targets.

“We’ve been putting the processes in place to become a net-zero business since 2012, so it’s not really something that we were doing just overnight that required significant change to what we were doing,” said Stratton.

“It’s more like a formalisation of what we have been doing for quite some time. From our perspective, we’re still quite confident that this will move ahead, but there are things that we will probably want to move away from and improve on.”

Cundall said in January that it was aiming to “revolutionise” the industry’s perception to net-zero by collaborating with several industry bodies including the Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), amongst others.

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