No Content Set
Exception:
Website.Models.ViewModels.Components.General.Banners.BannerComponentVm

Services

Technical services and consulting solutions for clients in the property, energy, transport, water, resources, defence and government sectors.

Advisory and management consulting

Advisory and management consulting services for businesses and projects, including economics, due diligence, transaction advisory, ESG and more.

Communications, creative and digital

Communications, creative and digital solutions for governments and businesses including community engagement, design, research, data and software development.

Laboratories

Scientific analysis services for AgroScience, food safety, workplace exposure, environmental metrics and contaminants of concern in Europe and the UK.

Planning and approvals

Development strategy, planning and approval solutions for buildings, infrastructure, transport and city projects and investments.

Project and program management

Project management solutions for the most complex building, infrastructure, organisational change, and systems projects.

Training

Specialist training services, programs and accreditation for health, safety and risk, project management, and energy sector capability development.

Sectors

World-leading technical and consulting solutions for clients in the property, energy, transport, resources, water, defence and government sectors.

Property

Design, technical and advisory services for the property sector, including residential, commercial, retail, industrial, health, education and data centre projects.

Energy

Energy exploration, development and optimisation solutions for renewables, power and gas networks, energy storage, oil and gas and nuclear facilties.

Transport

Smart, safe and sustainable transport infrastructure development services and advice for rail, aviation, port and road clients and projects.

Defence and government services

Expertise for defence capability and infrastructure investments, security and safety projects, and information and telecommunications initatives.

Water

Discover our industry-leading strategy, design and management solutions for wastewater, groundwater, flooding, drainage and network infrastructure.

Resources

Commercial data, design advice and technical management solutions for safe and environmentally responsible resource exploration and operations.

About us

Responsibility

Services

Technical services and consulting solutions for clients in the property, energy, transport, water, resources, defence and government sectors.

explore Services
Advisory and management consulting

Advisory and management consulting services for businesses and projects, including economics, due diligence, transaction advisory, ESG and more.

Due diligence

Economics

Strategy and transformation

Commercial and technical advisory

Transaction advisory

Project investment and finance

ESG consulting

Explore Advisory and management consulting
Communications, creative and digital

Communications, creative and digital solutions for governments and businesses including community engagement, design, research, data and software development.

Communications and engagement

Creative, visualisation and immersive design

Social advisory and research

Data management, analytics and insights

Spatial intelligence and GIS

Software development

Explore Communications, creative and digital
Design and development

Technical and consulting services for buildings, infrastructure and cities including architecture, engineering, surveying, landscape architecture and urban design.

Architecture

Lifts and escalators

Building services engineering

Civil engineering

Fire engineering

Geotechnical engineering

Landscape architecture

Structural engineering

Surveying

Utility options and design

Urban design

Explore Design and development
Laboratories

Scientific analysis services for AgroScience, food safety, workplace exposure, environmental metrics and contaminants of concern in Europe and the UK.

AgroScience analysis

Food safety analysis

PFAS Analysis

Environmental analysis

Analysis of unknowns

Workplace exposure analysis

Explore Laboratories
Planning and approvals

Development strategy, planning and approval solutions for buildings, infrastructure, transport and city projects and investments.

Planning consultancy

Transport planning

Explore Planning and approvals
Project and program management

Project management solutions for the most complex building, infrastructure, organisational change, and systems projects.

Program management

Project management

Cost management / quantity surveying

Building consultancy

Explore Project and program management
Training

Specialist training services, programs and accreditation for health, safety and risk, project management, and energy sector capability development.

Health, safety and risk

Training: project management

Capability development and training for the energy sector

Explore Training

Sectors

World-leading technical and consulting solutions for clients in the property, energy, transport, resources, water, defence and government sectors.

explore Sectors
Property

Design, technical and advisory services for the property sector, including residential, commercial, retail, industrial, health, education and data centre projects.

Residential

Commercial and retail

Leisure and tourism

Industrial

Health and healthcare

Education

Data centres

Explore Property
Energy

Energy exploration, development and optimisation solutions for renewables, power and gas networks, energy storage, oil and gas and nuclear facilties.

Oil and gas

Renewables

Nuclear facilities

Power and gas networks

Storage

Explore Energy
Transport

Smart, safe and sustainable transport infrastructure development services and advice for rail, aviation, port and road clients and projects.

Rail

Aviation

Ports

Roads

Explore Transport
Defence and government services

Expertise for defence capability and infrastructure investments, security and safety projects, and information and telecommunications initatives.

Defence

Security and safety

Information and telecommunications

Explore Defence and government services
Water

Discover our industry-leading strategy, design and management solutions for wastewater, groundwater, flooding, drainage and network infrastructure.

Water management

Wastewater

Flooding and drainage

Groundwater

UK and Ireland regulated water asset management

Explore Water
Resources

Commercial data, design advice and technical management solutions for safe and environmentally responsible resource exploration and operations.

Mining

Waste

Explore Resources

Projects

We define, design and manage projects that create shared value to a complex, urbanising and resource-scarce world.

explore Projects

Brilliant minds finding solutions to complex problems, made easy to understand. Making complex easy.

Brilliant minds finding solutions to complex problems, made easy to understand. Making complex easy.

explore Insights

Common Carbon Metric

30 August 2011 | 3 min read

It has long been recognised that the operational part of the building sector is one of the major sources of CO2 emissions and is even one of the leading elements in the UNEP Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (SBCI) in which RPS has been active from its start in 2006.

The European Commission adopted a Roadmap for transforming the European Union into a competitive low carbon economy by 2050 on 8 March 2011.

The Roadmap describes the cost-effective pathway to reach the EU's objective of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% of the 1990 levels by 2050. Based on the cost-effectiveness analysis undertaken, the Roadmap gives direction.

For the residential and services sector, the Roadmap envisages a reduction in CO2 emissions of 37-53% by 2030 and 88-91% by 2050 (compared to 1990 levels). Space heating and cooling, water heating and cooking are the major energy consumers in this sector, with lighting and electrical appliances accounting for much of the remaining energy use.

Ike van der Putte (RPS Netherlands, representing FIDIC) has served in the UNEP SBCI board since 2006 and was president in 2008 and 2009. He is now active in UNEP SBCI’s advocacy committee and involved in initiating and supporting events.

One of the latest achievements of UNEP SBCI is the development and launch of the Common Carbon Metric (CCM) –a ground-breaking new initiative to develop a common global language for measuring the carbon footprint of a building. The metric is the first proposed metric in the UNEP SBCI Sustainable Buildings Index, a framework to define building sustainability performance through ten core global performance indicators.

The CCM underwent a first phase of pilot testing in June-September 2010. Seven participants from Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and Australia tested the tool at single-building level or at building stock level. The outcome of pilot implementations of the metric was designed to demonstrate the feasibility of using the metric to obtain baselines of energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from different types of buildings.

Participants agreed that although the CCM will need further refinement, it provides a common cornerstone for international policy making on climate change mitigation in the building sector.

Meanwhile, the International Standards Organization is to decide on a proposal for a new sustainable construction standard to measure the energy use and GHG emissions of buildings at the operation stage based on the UNEP SBCI’s Common Carbon Metric.

One recent event that Ike has initiated and supported is the recent expert workshop on energy efficiency and buildings with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the World Bank –organised on 14 March 2011 at the headquarters of UNFCCC in Bonn, Germany.

After months of collaborating, UNEP-SBCI pulled together an ambitious agenda dealing with the challenges faced by building energy efficiency projects in the CDM and Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) programmes.

Discussions and presentations of experts covered building energy modelling, the Common Carbon Metric, as well as opportunities for building energy efficiency in the development of NAMAs. Program participants from Mexico, China and India will provide reports from the field, presenting the challenges they have faced and the successes achieved with the UNFCCC flexible mechanisms for buildings. 

Ike is also representing the European Federation of Consultancy Associations (EFCA) in the CEN TC 350 (European Committee for Standardization/Technical Committee – Sustainability of construction works) that was created in 2005 ‘to provide a method for the voluntary delivery of environmental information that supports the construction of sustainable works including new and existing buildings’.

No Content Set
Exception:
Website.Models.ViewModels.Blocks.PageBlocks.CardBlocks.KeyContactsCardBlockVm