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July 10, 2019

UK Structural Engineers Declare climate and biodiversity emergency

UK Structural Engineers Declare Climate & Biodiversity Emergency
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AKSWard just signed the UK structural engineers declare climate and biodiversity emergency declaration committing to support and participate in the climate change and biodiversity loss initiatives and share our knowledge with the industry.

Following in the footsteps of Architects Declare, we are urging UK structural engineers to sign an open letter to the Government declaring a climate and biodiversity emergency. Supported by BuroHappold and the Happold Foundation, Structural Engineers Declare is an important initiative fully supported by AKSWard.

As the Structural Engineers Declare highlights:

The crises of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss are two of the most serious issues of our time. Buildings and construction play a major part, accounting for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions whilst also having a significant impact on our natural habitats.

For everyone working in the construction industry, meeting the needs of our society without breaching the earth’s ecological boundaries will demand a paradigm shift in our behaviour. Together with our clients, we will need to commission and design buildings, cities and infrastructures as indivisible components of a larger, constantly regenerating and self-sustaining system in balance with the natural world.

AKSWard is committed to raise awareness regarding these challenging issues,  advocate for faster change in our industry, share knowledge and research as well collaborate with clients, architects and contractors to reduce the impact on our environment.

We want to thank BuroHappold and the Happold Foundation for this initiative and raising a collective awareness within the industry.

For more information and instructions on how to sign the declaration please visit UK Structural Engineers Declare website