Sustainable business models help organisations produce tangible economic, environmental and social benefits, and also to build long-term business success.
At Arup, we aspire to have a positive influence on the world, so sustainability is at the heart of our work. We believe that delivering sustainable outcomes for both current stakeholders and future generations will make our business stronger in the long run.
Our analytical skills are powerful. We use them to bring focus to strategies and programmes, by demystifying and applying data to answer the individual aims of a project, business or market sector.
For instance, while our project appraisal tool SPeAR is aligned with international sustainability indicators, such as BREEAM®, it is also flexible – performance measures can be selected from themes including transport, biodiversity, culture and employment.
We bring a pragmatic outlook through our high-level advice. Our business planning and advisory work with not-for-profit Just Energy is facilitating the launch of their programme of community investment in South African wind energy. Elsewhere, our advice to the Welsh Government is defining tangible measures for cultural, economic, social and environmental sustainability in planning.
Aspiration into action
Arup’s uncommon ability to marry technical ability, skill in project delivery and strategic advice translates corporate responsibility and sustainability plans into meaningful action. Our expertise spans carbon, water, waste and energy, economics and planning and management skills ranging from advisory services to organisational behaviour.
That breadth enables us to realise solutions at any scale: from a rainwater harvesting flushing tank for constrained spaces to large-scale sustainable infrastructure, and the design of some of the world’s greenest buildings. Our acoustic skills are behind the design of Australia’s Peninsula Link Freeway, for instance – reducing environmental impact through quieter design and bringing millions of dollars of savings.
Crucially, our diverse practical experience strengthens our ability to help clients win community acceptance and attain legislative compliance or planning permissions by addressing sustainability.
A more secure future
Arup helps organisations and communities reduce global and micro-level risk by applying our understanding of the natural world and its practical connection to business.
To our clients, resilience to resource scarcity may mean a robust energy strategy. Or it may mean using a product, like Pocket Habitat, custom-designed to allow British Land to retrofit green roofs to their existing building stock.
Arup addresses the full spectrum of climate adaptation and resilience, from disaster-resistant masterplanning (as in Cedar Rapids), to state-of-the-art resource efficiency and security (as for Citigroup’s Citi Data Centre).