Paul currently works on a variety of assignments to help organisations better understand environmental and social sustainability issues that will impact their operations and their customers. Managing these issues which range from carbon management and climate adaptation, natural capital, social value, resource efficiency (cradle to cradle and the circular economy), setting science-based targets, supply chain management, measurement and reporting of performance including applying the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal, helps make organisations resilient and better able to maximise the opportunities.
Clients include: Atkins, Anglian Water, Volvo Construction Equipment UK, Engie, E3G, Cares, and Polypipe.
Case Study: Climate resilience for Anglian Water
Anglian Water commissioned Paul to establish a methodology for assessing their assets for resilience to climate change. A methodology was produced, based on the best available climate science and advice from one of the UK’s foremost climate scientists and was peer reviewed by the Committee for Climate Change. Paul worked with the University of Leeds to run climate projections, such as heatwaves, cold snaps, sea surges and this data was then feed into the asset management investment cycle. This enabled asset managers to consider how the asset currently responds to climate impacts, such as overheating, and consider what investment might be required to manage that risk knowing the likely projection out to 2065.
Paul’s expertise, credibility and networks meant that he could access leading scientists for guidance and obtain university support to run complex climate models.
Case Study: Incorporating social value in sustainability schemes
Revising CARES sustainability certification scheme to incorporate social value measures
The CARES sustainability certification scheme (CARES SCS) provides independent certification of the environmental performance of steel products. Increasingly clients are requiring construction companies and their value chains to demonstrate social value. Paul designed a process to understand what social value measures were relevant to steel producers. This included a literature review, telephone interviews with all parts of the value chain (clients, contractors, design engineers and steel producers), a stakeholder workshop and an assessment of steel makers’ ability to provide the data. A set of social metrics were developed. They will be incorporated into the scheme and CARES auditors will verify the primary source of the data that companies use to quantify their social value.
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