Construction, property development, and property management play significant roles in shaping our built environment. However, without a proper environmental strategy, these industries can have detrimental effects on the natural world.
This blog focuses on CBRE, a prominent global real estate services and investment company, to explore how the industry can be environmentally harmful and the measures the company has taken to mitigate their impact.
Construction, property development and the environment
To understand CRBE’s dedication to addressing climate change and its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, we must first examine how property development can affect the natural world.
- Resource Depletion
Construction and property development consume vast amounts of natural resources such as timber, water, and energy. Without proper management, this can lead to resource depletion and exacerbation of environmental degradation.
- Habitat Destruction
Large-scale construction projects often result in the destruction of natural habitats, leading to the displacement and loss of biodiversity.
- Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The construction industry is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, primarily through energy consumption, transportation, and material production. This contributes to climate change and its associated impacts.
Property management and the environment
We also need to consider the impact the real estate sector has on the environment and why it is important to promote positive change.
- Energy Inefficiency
Inefficient energy management in buildings contributes to high energy consumption and the associated greenhouse gas emissions. Poor insulation, outdated HVAC systems, and inadequate monitoring can all add to energy waste.
- Water Waste
Improper water management in properties, such as inefficient irrigation systems or undetected leaks, can lead to unnecessary water consumption and strain on local water resources.
- Waste Generation
Improper waste management in properties can result in significant amounts of waste being sent to landfill, contributing to pollution and resource depletion.
CBRE’s Environmental Strategy
Recognising the importance of addressing the environmental impact of its operations, CBRE has implemented a number of measures to reduce its ecological footprint.
- Sustainability Initiatives
CBRE has adopted sustainable building practices, promoting energy-efficient designs, materials, and construction techniques. This includes obtaining green building certifications such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
- Energy and Water Management
CBRE aims to reduce energy consumption and optimise water use at its managed properties. Through energy audits, retrofitting projects, and the use of smart technology, the company aims to enhance efficiency and reduce waste.
- Waste Reduction and Recycling
CBRE emphasises waste reduction and recycling programmes at its properties. By implementing waste segregation and recycling initiatives, the company aims to minimise landfill waste and promote the circular economy.
- Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction
CBRE is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. The company tracks its carbon footprint, invests in renewable energy sources, and encourages sustainable transportation practices among its employees.
- Stakeholder Engagement
CBRE actively engages with its clients, employees, and industry partners to raise awareness and promote sustainable practices. Through education and collaboration, the company aims to drive positive change across the real estate sector.
How Albion Languages can support you
CBRE’s sustainability initiatives involve engaging with various stakeholders, including employees, clients, and communities. As language specialists, we can provide translation and interpreting services for sustainability-related meetings, workshops, and events, ensuring effective communication across language barriers. Therefore, we can support CBRE in actively engaging and involving stakeholders from different linguistic backgrounds in sustainability discussions and decision-making processes.
CBRE’s commitment to transparency includes reporting its sustainability performance and progress. We can assist with the translation of sustainability reports, ensuring accurate and high-quality translation. This helps CBRE to maintain consistency and credibility in the reporting of its sustainability efforts to stakeholders worldwide.
By offering support in translation, localisation and transcreation, we can do our part to help to ensure that CBRE’s sustainability goals and messages are understood, embraced, and acted upon across the global landscape. To find out more about how we can support your company, please get in touch today.