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Corstorphine & Wright Strengthens Sustainability Approach with ISO 14001 Accreditation.

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By Karen Crowe – 1st December 2021

Following a rigorous assessment from Intertek, Corstorphine & Wright is pleased to announce we have obtained ISO 14001 certification in Environmental Management Systems, cementing our commitment to becoming a more socially aware and sustainable architectural Practice.

ISO 14001 is the internationally recognised standard for environmental management systems. To achieve certification, companies are required to set out a framework for effective environmental management, commit to measure, monitor, and report on key environmental aspects in addition to setting targets to lower carbon emissions.

Corstorphine & Wright is developing a Sustainability Framework to become a Net Zero Carbon Practice. As part of this process, our aim is to reduce our operational carbon footprint and ensure our designs meet the environmental targets required to reach net zero carbon in all new buildings by 2030, and to advocate for all buildings to be Net Zero Carbon by 2050.

As part of the work undertaken to achieve this certification, we have developed a new Environmental Management Policy. This builds upon our previous Environmental Policy and sets out both our sustainability commitments as well as the environmental targets we intend to achieve each year.

The accreditation will also provide our team with opportunities for personal and professional development in the form of Sustainability Champions from all our studios and from all levels within the Practice as well as opportunities to engage in environmental activities as part of our Social Value initiatives.

ISO 14001 is an exciting development for Corstorphine & Wright: one which marks the next stage our Roadmap to becoming a being an environmentally and socially responsible business. We are delighted at the enthusiastic response all staff have had to these changes. They have recognised how we must all play our part in trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle the climate crisis.

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