Mace appoints low carbon structural engineer
By Catrin Jones15 March 2022
Global consultancy and construction company Mace has appointed its first low carbon structural engineer as the company works towards its sustainability targets.
Jessica Lovellwill lead the organisation’s client carbon reduction target in addition to transforming the carbon footprint of the projects they deliver.
The UK-based company has pledged to reduce client carbon emissions by one million tonnes, as part of its 2026 business strategy and are aiming to eliminate the use of diesel on all its sites by 2026.
At the end of 2020, Mace achieved net zero carbon as a business with a 50% carbon reduction and a 50% carbon offset. In 2021, their target has moved towards a further 10% carbon reduction target year-on-year to 2026.
Mace is encouraging the use of low carbon concrete cassettes as a construction methodology to better help their clients to reduce carbon emissions. By using a replacement for cement, in partnership with Cemfree, DB Group and Innovate UK funding, the company say they can reduce the embodied carbon of the concrete by as much as 75%.
Jessica Lovell, low carbon structural engineer at Mace, said, “In modern buildings a large portion of carbon sits within the structure. If we want to drive meaningful change, it’s crucial that we engage not only our clients and their design teams, but also our supply chain partners early on.
“Significant carbon improvements can be made by asking the big questions early on. Depending on the project you could achieve up to a quarter of carbon savings. The majority of our clients already have a net zero strategy in place, and with our continued commitment to reduce the carbon in their assets, we are turning actions into tangible results.”