The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has launched the “Value the Planet” campaign, promoting the preservation of the planet through the adoption of the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs).
The campaign pushes for increased action within the industry, highlighting the essential need to “value the planet” and provide support and resources from RICS and the industry, to help tackle climate action and adopt the UN SDGs.
RICS said it is committed to using its position to achieve the SDGs within the Built Environment.
The Implementing the UN SDGs paper reported on climate action, highlighting three key aims for the profession; thinking across the lifecycle, collaboration; and being accountable.
The report lists actions that can be taken by the industry and gives information on professional standards, updates and examples of collaboration to support RICS professionals and firms in achieving the 2030 target of adoption of the SDGs.
Matthew Howell, RICS UK MD, said: “RICS ‘Value the Planet’ campaign launch, will today provide our professionals with a new paper to assist them with implementing the UN goals, and RICS resources to help them be accountable for the sake of future generations. We are committed to supporting our professionals and firms in this area.”
“This long term campaign is an opportunity for the UK profession to show its green credentials and to lead on innovation, action and investment in a low-carbon economy, to safeguard the planet and promoting sustained economic growth and human security.”
Patrice Cairns, UK RICS policy manager, said: “ The launch of ‘Value the Planet’ is very timely given the spotlight on climate change and responsible business, especially on the front doorstep of our HQ.
“Looking ahead to UK-hosted COP 26 next year as a pinnacle of action, Government will be pushing forward a raft of measures to address climate change and government and industry must work together in the challenge of reducing the built environments contribution of over one third of carbon emissions and we look forward to working with them on this.
He added: “We will continue to champion and support both the low carbon transition and resilience capacity building agenda through the introduction of new global standards and professional expert guidance across both the built and natural environment.’’