Our Net Zero Carbon Services

In response to global targets, businesses and governments around the world are pledging their commitment to Net Zero Carbon. But we are currently falling short and urgent and ambitious action is needed.

The built environment sector has an important role to play in the transition to a net zero carbon future and we're on hand to help businesses reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

We're here to help... Find out how

Your carbon footprint might be complex, but your journey to net zero doesn’t have to be.

With RPS, you will work in partnership with a trusted advisor – your carbon champion – to give you confidence at every stage.

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Shaping new advantage

Investor scrutiny has overtaken legislation as the primary driver. Organisations need to demonstrate a coherent Corporate Responsibility Strategy and robust environment, social, governance (ESG) reporting. Failure to do so risks non-compliance and threatens the confidence of investors, customers and workforce. Future-proofing requires a pathway towards net zero.

Meeting this challenge requires transformative change and taking a lead provides the opportunity to shape new advantage.

Corporate strategy, CSR and management

Sustainability encompasses more than just climate change. With multi-disciplinary expertise and a holistic approach, we inform, advise and support clients to align with key UN Sustainable Development Goals, global indices and reporting initiatives. Our teams are led by experts who understand commercial, political and environmental practicalities.

Our services include:
  • Environmental auditing
  • Carbon footprinting (annual corporate)
  • Independent carbon verification (ISO 14064-3)
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Scope 3 (supply chain carbon assessment)

Practical solutions

The transformation to a net zero carbon society will require a shift in the way we plan, design and build the supporting infrastructure. Our team has extensive experience in sourcing and designing sustainable solutions and assessing energy usage. For both new and existing buildings, RPS can help your portfolio meet the net zero carbon target.

Strategic advice

  • Circular economy solutions
  • Materials and resource management
  • Sustainable transport solutions
  • Behavioural change
  • Green procurement
  • Liveable cities
  • Green infrastructure
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Site selection & development project strategies

  • Assist to understand net zero carbon definition and define a suitable brief
  • Energy statements / strategies
  • Feasibility studies for Low and Zero Carbon (LZC) technologies
  • Forecasting operational energy and carbon emissions and setting achievable targets
  • Waste strategy
  • Transport strategy
  • Sustainability statements, appraisals and strategy
  • Biodiversity and natural capital advice
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Building design standards

  • Energy calculations for building regulations compliance (SAP for residential and SBEM/BRUKL for commercial)
  • Thermal bridging calculations
  • Daylight / sunlight & overshadowing assessments (proposed and surrounding buildings)
  • BREEAM UK domestic / non-domestic (construction, refurbishment)
  • BREEAM international
  • BREEAM in-use
  • Home Quality Mark (UK)
  • Overheating / thermal comfort analysis
  • SKA assessment
  • WELL AP
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard
  • Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB) standard
  • Home Performance Index
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Design and engineering

  • Low carbon design
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Lighting design
  • Water harvesting and recycling 
  • Energy infrastructure and provision / utilities strategy
  • Construction and fabrication strategies – offsite construction
  • Hydrology, flood risk and sustainable drainage
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Construction

  • Off-site construction
  • Monitor construction to ensure that low energy systems are installed correctly and as designed
  • Assist with building services commissioning, end-user training and planned maintenance
  • CoCP / CEMP
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Operation

  • Display Energy Certificates (DEC)
  • Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)
  • ESOS audits / energy audits
  • Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) and identifying performance gaps
  • Monitoring in-use stage energy and carbon emissions and reporting on out of range usage
  • Measuring renewable energy generation on-site and comparing against forecasted generation
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Are you on the path to Net Zero?

Review your current position with our free, quick and easy progress check.

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    Net Zero Carbon – how to set up for success

    Your carbon footprint might be complex, but your journey to net zero doesn’t have to be. Alex Mozaffari, Director for Sustainability looks at some of the challenges businesses face as they strive to achieve net zero carbon and how they can set up for success by getting the right strategy in place.

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    Net Zero Carbon - From gas to electricity, the challenges of retrofitting

    As companies set out to achieve net zero carbon, many will be looking at switching from gas to electricity for their energy supply. Simon Bourke, Operational Director at RPS looks at the challenges that lie ahead as businesses look to retrofit their existing building stocks.
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    Challenges and opportunities: achieving net zero carbon in the infrastructure sector

    Conall Boland leads our sustainability team in Ireland, where infrastructure projects in the water, transportation and energy sectors are key activities. He sees big challenges and opportunities for the infrastructure sector in meeting the 2050 carbon reduction targets.

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Get in touch

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Dan Smyth

Senior Director +44 (0) 1273 546 800 EMAIL
Brighton | UK
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Tanya Lloyd Jones

Technical Director +44 (0) 1235 432 190 EMAIL
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Abingdon | UK
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Conall Boland

Senior consultant - Sustainability +353 (0) 14882900 EMAIL
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Dublin - West Pier | Ireland
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Simon Bourke

Operational Director - Building Services +44 (0) 113 220 6190 EMAIL
Leeds | UK
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Matthew Gerken

Senior Director - Project Management +44 (0) 0161 228 1800 EMAIL
Manchester - New York St. | UK
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Joe Ellis

Operational Director - Transport & Engineering +44 (0) 20 7280 3300 EMAIL
London - Farringdon Street | UK

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