• Sustainability

Client Impact

Our mission is to create sustainable and exceptional outcomes for our clients in natural and built asset environments.

Sustainability is an integral part of projects
The most significant environmental impact of our work is in projects for clients, many of which have a direct positive impact. We aim to proactively provide sustainable alternatives to projects for clients and may decline work that does not include adequate measures to evaluate environmental issues or mitigate adverse effects. A large part of the activities of our Environment business line is in the remediation of contaminated sites, and in sustainability services that help clients reduce waste and improve their carbon footprint. In Infrastructure, we help urban centers reduce emissions by designing public transport systems and managing renewable energy schemes. In our Water business line, we help clients supply clean, safe, potable water and treat waste water and reduce the use of potable water in industrial processes. In Buildings, we seek to integrate energy and resource efficiency into our designs and minimize the impact these projects may have on the environment. Increasingly, we are also designing ‘green buildings’ on behalf of a growing number of clients.

Our 2015 Sustainability Report celebrates some of our highlight projects.

Sustainability by Design®
For the municipality of Houten, the Netherlands, Arcadis designed a new low cost, energy efficient and carbon friendly Thrift Store. The high performance design was achieved through good insulation, scalable installation design, a bottom heat exchange system to manage heating and cooling during winter and summer months, the use of solatubes to project daylight from the outside into the building, as well as solar panels. Most materials used in the construction of the building were recycled from local projects. Its front was fitted with breeding space for protected bird species. The design won Arcadis the Good Green Award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. 

In the UK, Arcadis worked on the Imperial College masterplanning team as sustainability consultants to establish a sustainability vision for the Estate and enhance sustainability outcomes through the Estate masterplan. Our approach is underpinned by a Whole Life Value analysis to identify the best value approach to achieving sustainability outcomes. The Estate masterplan is focused on two sites in London, the new campus at Imperial West and the existing campus at South Kensington. A key focus of the project is the delivery of a STAR Framework to guide, assess and improve sustainability performance during the development of the Imperial West masterplan.  The STAR Framework identifies key sustainability issues under ten categories and has been developed with the design team and Imperial College to focus on issues most relevant to Imperial West. The Framework outlines Sustainability Principles, Key Questions and Performance Indicators with a Whole Life Value analysis providing further insight to inform decision making. 

Performance-Driven Design (PDD) is a strategy developed by Arcadis’ design consultancy CallisonRTKL, to improve the value of the built environment. PDD aims to provide as much value as possible by tailoring design solutions to the needs of the specific clients and communities we serve. By drawing on ample evidence about the social, economic, and environmental impact of design, PDD seeks to apply the greatest available intelligence to create compelling design with measurable benefits to people, place, and planet. 

CallisonRTKL Sustainability Report
CallisonRTKL is committed to creating environments, buildings and communities that are environmentally resourceful, sustainably developed and enhance quality of life. Our work makes a measurable and positive impact on the lives and well-being of millions around the globe.

With over 35 million square feet of construction every year, we have a significant opportunity to create cities, communities, buildings, interiors, and products that have an enduring, positive impact on society and the environment.

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Circular Economy 
With the increasing worldwide demand for raw materials, the pressure on our natural capital is higher than ever before. The circular economy can provide a solution to this challenge. The circular economy focuses on closing resource loops – it leads to efficient use of materials and resources, as well as offering social value by creating jobs. This results in a world in which people live in healthy economies and in balance with the ecology of our planet. We are increasingly using circular economy thinking in our project work, as well as in our own operations.