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Making informed decisions to mitigate negative environmental impact

With the built environment estimated to be responsible for around 40% of global carbon emissions, RICS is championing sustainable practices across the built and natural environment. We are also empowering professionals to embed sustainability considerations into the way they work and better measure environmental impacts.

RICS & the UN global compact

The built environment plays a pivotal role in managing and mitigating climate risk, especially with construction, operation and decommissioning of buildings being carbon-intensive practices.  As a participant of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, RICS is committed to its Ten Principles and the wider UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), driving awareness and action to address the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges in the land, construction, real estate and infrastructure sectors.

Our latest Communication on Engagement report for the UN Global Compact highlights the key projects that represent some of the actions RICS has taken to drive a more sustainable future in the built and natural environment.

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  • Initiatives
  • Latest insights
  • Sustainability report 2021
  • COP 26


Latest insights

Sustainability report 2021

Thousands of commercial real estate and construction professionals from over 30 countries contributed to the World Built Environment Forum Sustainability Report 2021.

Key findings include

  • Client, investor and stakeholder demand is cited as the number one driving force behind the recent growth in ESG investments
  • Two-thirds of survey respondents note rising occupier demand for green and sustainable buildings; almost half report growth in demand for green leases.
  • Almost two-in-three respondents believe the industry must do more to minimise project waste; less than a quarter see impact on biodiversity as critical.



COP 26

COP26 provides the opportunity to drive lasting change in decarbonising the sector. Chartered surveyors play a pivotal role in addressing the challenges of climate change by providing the data to drive decarbonisation across the whole lifecycle of the built environment.