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Demand for sustainability services skyrockets in Scotland

UK and Europe 29 November 2021

The demand for sustainability services in Scotland is currently three times higher than it was 12 months ago. Having seen an increase in demand for services such as Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy, net zero carbon (NZC) design and building performance measurement, Cundall has added seven new sustainability experts to its Edinburgh-based team.

Scotland has an aspirational legal commitment to achieve net zero by 2045, and with public awareness being driven by the recent occurrence of COP26 in Glasgow, it is expected that demand will continue to rise in the coming years.

Led by Principal Engineer, Sophie Simpson, Cundall’s Scottish sustainability team brings global specialist experience in building physics, certification and compliance, energy modelling and health and wellbeing, as well as ESG strategy and NZC design.

Commenting on why demand has spiked over the past 12 months, Sophie Simpson said:

“The UN has acknowledged Scotland’s ‘inspiring level of ambition’ with its world-leading legislation to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. These are legally binding targets, which means that despite the pandemic, we’ve seen demand for sustainability services skyrocket in the last year.

“Clients are increasingly asking for support to establish and realise net zero carbon aspirations. It’s really exciting to see whole life carbon calculations and detailed energy modelling, above and beyond the requirements of ‘compliance’, become the norm on many of our projects.

“In addition to this, there is increasing demand to better understand the influence of the built environment on our health and wellbeing, as the pandemic has emphasised the positive benefits associated with better air quality, access to green spaces and promotion of active travel.

“Cundall are leaders in net zero carbon design and wellbeing within the built environment. This has attracted new expertise from around the world to enhance our sustainability offering from Edinburgh. I very much look forward to working with them and growing our reputation for sustainable leadership in Scotland.”

Having travelled from Canada, Australia, Mexico and Italy, as well as Scotland and the rest of the UK, the new members of the Edinburgh sustainability team include:

David Brown, Principal Engineer
Bernie Middleton, Senior Engineer
Jordan Todd, Senior Engineer
Alejandro Gomez Beltran, Engineer
Lucia Savastano, Health and Wellbeing Consultant
Stuart McHendry, Whole Life Carbon Consultant
Jennifer Williamson, Graduate Engineer

Cundall’s global sustainability team has grown from 71 people to over 110 in the last 12 months. To find out more about our sustainability services, please click here.