SmithGroup Joins MEP 2040 and SE2050 Commitments to Carbon Neutrality
SmithGroup, one of the nation’s leading integrated design firms, has signed two new climate action commitments, the MEP 2040 Challenge and the SE 2050 Commitment. These two commitments build upon the firm’s previous commitment to the AIA 2030 Commitment (signed in 2010) and support of the LAF Landscape Declaration (2016).
SmithGroup is dedicated to designing a carbon-free future that embraces conservation, maximizes renewable energy, decarbonizes systems, adapts existing buildings and sites, incorporates low-carbon construction materials and goes beyond offsets as much as possible.
“Leveraging the strength of our multi-disciplinary structure, we are striving to advance climate mitigation and adaptation in all our work,” said Greg Mella, SmithGroup’s director of sustainability. “Signing each of these commitments builds upon our previous leadership in sustainable design and demonstrates our belief that accountable progress is necessary to mitigate the worst of the climate crisis.”
The Carbon Leadership Forum issued the MEP 2040 Challenge calling for all systems engineers and designers to commit to achieving net zero carbon in all their projects—targeting zero operational carbon by 2030 and zero embodied carbon by 2040. Signatories of the challenge confirm they will establish a company plan to reduce carbon in the design of MEP systems for all projects, providing annual reporting to demonstrate progress.
The Structural Engineering Institute, in collaboration with the Carbon Leadership Forum’s SE 2050 Challenge, established the SE 2050 Commitment calling for structural engineers to commit to achieving net zero embodied carbon in the design of structural systems in all their projects by 2050. Signatories of the commitment pledge to develop an Embodied Carbon Action Plan (ECAP) submitting data on their performance towards net zero annually.
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