SGH Releases SE 2050 Embodied Carbon Action Plan
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) joined the Structural Engineering Institute’s (SEI) SE 2050 Commitment program earlier this year, pledging to work toward reducing embodied carbon in structural design projects to net zero by the year 2050. As part of that commitment, SGH recently submitted an Embodied Carbon Action Plan (ECAP) to the program, which summarizes how the firm intends to meet these goals.
The ECAP outlines how SGH will address four required action areas as part of the firm’s SE 2050 efforts: Education, Reporting, Reduction, and Advocacy.
- Education: To make assessing and reducing embodied carbon a priority in engineering and administrative decisions, SGH will provide educational materials and seminars for all staff members, followed by regular learning opportunities to stay up to date on state-of-the-art practices.
- Reporting: SGH will track the embodied carbon on projects and contribute that data to the SE 2050 national embodied carbon database.
- Reduction: Using embodied carbon data and lessons learned from project experience, SGH will set internal embodied carbon reduction goals and develop strategies to meet these goals.
- Advocacy: SGH is committed to using multiple channels to spread the word both internally and externally about SE 2050 and the firm’s efforts in the program.
“Reducing carbon emissions from the built environment is an urgent goal for the structural engineering profession,” said SGH Senior Consulting Engineer Mark Webster, who serves as a member of the national SE 2050 leadership group as head of resource development. “We are eager to move forward with the efforts outlined in this report and to continue finding ways to reduce the embodied carbon of structures.”
Reducing carbon emissions from the built environment is an urgent goal for the structural engineering profession.