ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY ACTION PLAN
“We’re committed to becoming a socially conscious Employer and supplier and we’re looking forward to improving our awareness and action around sustainability.” Says Lauren McCormack, Director.
As an organisation, we acknowledge the impact of the construction industry on climate change and recognise that we are responsible for implementing and reporting on sustainable action. McCormack’s Environmental Sustainability Action Plan (ESAP) was formed by considering our impact, the influence and importance of the decisions we make and the approach we take.
As noted in our ESG ‘the commercial building sector is responsible for around 25% of overall electricity use and 10% of carbon emissions in Australia,” so we believe that encouraging and playing a part in improving energy efficiency and sustainability of commercial buildings to reduce these emissions in our country is our responsibility.
We’re well-versed in the Green Star Rating measures set by the Green Building Council of Australia, and can help clients achieve their sustainability goals, by educating clients towards investing in socially conscious practices and design.
Especially by working in a mostly design & construct capacity within the industry, we have the ability to make an impact in the planning stage of a project, being able to advise and consult on design decisions for our clients. Particularly with our larger asset repositioning projects that involve redeveloping of buildings, these decisions can not only enhance long-term operational efficiency but have a more substantial influence on sustainability. As a business, we’re striving to achieve our own 4+ Star Green Star rating from Australia’s Green Building Council for our support offices.
We’ve also identified clear business practices and implementation measures to make the greatest difference and achievement of targets to protect our world for future generations. We were then able to develop an environmental strategy. Committed to working towards carbon neutrality by 2030, McCormack will achieve this by working on four key areas identified by our Social Responsibility Committee.
- Reduce Operational Impacts
- Future Proofing buildings
- Engaging our people
- Educating stakeholders
By reducing energy consumption, carbon emissions, waste output and water usage, we can embed sustainable practice in the work we provide each day. Educating our people on sustainable procurement of services will also help drive the switch to more sustainable suppliers and align ourselves with the most conscious members of our industry.