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The Road to Net Zero Carbon

Our commitment to Engineering a Better Society began by looking inwards. While we have been encouraging the built environment to do better things for people and the planet for many years, we know that in order to truly understand and advocate for change, we need to lead by example.

As Engineers, we constantly study and evaluate. We know we can engineer better buildings, so why not also apply our imaginations to our practice, culture and people - to reduce Elliott Wood’s own impact on the environment and fight the climate crisis?

In 2021 we were certified as carbon neutral, and we embarked on an ambitious programme to set us on the path to achieving net zero carbon as a business by 2023. This culminated in the creation of ‘The Road to Zero Carbon’ roadmap, which set out the specific initiatives and a timeline for reducing emissions generated by our practice.

  • Transferring to a renewable energy supply for our three offices
  • Measuring the carbon footprint of each office on a monthly basis
  • Conducting Staff Travel Surveys to calculate emissions
  • Reviewing suppliers, going local and making vegetarian catering the default

Another significant part of the programme is working towards B Corp Accreditation. B Corps status signifies a business meets high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.

But we won’t stop there. We are committed to going beyond net zero carbon emissions to create an environmental benefit by removing additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

So we share our roadmap today, for Earth Day, in the hope that we can inspire others to start to work towards a carbon positive future. Our engineers and our industry have the tools and creativity to make that a reality.

A big thanks to our team who have put so much energy into ‘The Road to Zero Carbon’. If you have any questions about the process or would like to find out more, get in touch at