These collaborations enable us to tackle issues like climate resilience, energy efficiency, the circular economy agenda and infrastructure resilience. Our partnerships address systemic and long-term challenges, creating connections between commercial experts, government representatives, policy makers, civil society and the wider public. 

Transitioning to a low and zero carbon emission economy 

Our aim to decarbonise the built environment means working with partners at different scales. For example, our work with C40 Cities, WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development) and EMF (Ellen MacArthur Foundation), leads to collaboration with city decision makers, business leaders and others who share our commitment to a more sustainable use of materials and resources. 

We also work with partners on major initiatives in both the built environment and urban mobility sectors, exploring how more sustainable methods of production and design can be implemented and commercialised.

Since 2020, we have been working with the World Green Building Council, sharing their commitment to achieving net zero buildings at scale. As technical specialists with expertise across every dimension of building design, materials and operation, working across thousands of projects every year, we believe we can play a valuable role. Our growing data set of buildings’ whole life carbon assessments is helping us to develop solutions that lower emissions produced by the built environment.

Achieving a circular economy 

Today, businesses in every sector are waking up to the fact that we need to become much better stewards of our planet’s diminishing resources. Arup is a long time knowledge partner to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, helping to bring built environment perspectives to its pioneering work on the circular economy. Our partnership is currently focusing on how to speed up implementation of circular principles in the property sector. This work is a combination of advisory and technical insights, aimed at bringing greater sustainability to investor decision making. We’re also exploring ways to make circular economy practices easier to adopt throughout the property value chain.

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We jointly developed the Circular Buildings Toolkit (CBT) with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to help designers, construction clients and asset owners to understand how to adopt a vastly more sustainable way of developing the built environment.

Enhancing resilience

The global pandemic and increasing effects of climate change have both illustrated the importance of resilience, to businesses, cities and nations alike. To advance this vital agenda we are collaborating with leading resilience-focused organisations. 

Resilience Rising is a new global non-profit consortium innovating to make systemic resilience the norm as society transforms toward a net-zero future. Following five successful years, our collaboration with the Lloyd’s Register Foundation to deliver the flagship resilience platform, The Resilience Shift, has now transitioned to an independent NGO, which convenes essential communities of practice to drive systemic change by building capability, advancing thought leadership, and advocating for change.

Our work with Resilient Cities Network – the world's leading urban resilience network ensures a safe and equitable world for all. Since 2023 Arup has also worked as a partner to SIWI (Stockholm International Water Institute) on our shared goal of strengthening water resilience and ensuring that water remains at the forefront of the global nature and climate conversation. Arup and SIWI have collaborated before, working with Resilience Rising, the Resilient Cities Network and the Rockefeller Institute to develop the City Water Resilience Approach, a tool that helps cities to understand and prioritise water as they shape development decisions.

Creating socially valuable outcomes

As practitioners of architecture, planning, engineering and urban design, the social implications of our work are an ever-present issue. In recent years, we have carried out a range of research into how cities are used, finding ways to improve the equality of experience in public spaces and on transport systems.

Previously, we have worked in partnership with organisations like Lego, IKEA, UNICEF, and National Geographic as part of the Real Play Coalition. This work addressed a vital priority: how to shape cities so that children can socialise, learn and thrive safely. With urbanisation taking place at great speed in many countries, it’s important that the child’s experience isn’t ignored or overlooked.

Respecting the planet's natural boundaries

A key tenet of sustainable development is that we mustn’t exceed what the planet can naturally withstand. Establishing guidelines and guardrails in this regard requires a robust, science-based approach.

Arup is part of an unprecedented network of organisations worldwide which share the ambition of the Earthshot Prize to incentivise change and help to repair our planet over the next ten years. Arup – as the only built environment firm currently taking part – is helping the finalists develop their solutions faster to have the greatest possible impact, lending our engineering and consultancy expertise to supercharge their work to restore the planet. 



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