Environment strategy

Working towards a sustainable future

The threat of climate change and the transition to a net zero society are arguably the most important challenges for our generation. The construction sector accounts for over 40% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions and has a pivotal role to play.

At United Living, our environment strategy sets out our journey towards building a business with near zero impact, demonstrating our commitment and leadership in moving towards a more sustainable future for all. By embedding strong environmental practices in our business-as-usual approach, we can meet the needs of this generation whilst safeguarding the needs of future generations and maintaining the sustainable growth of our business.


Reducing our carbon footprint

United Living supports the UK government’s decarbonisation strategy and the drive towards net zero by 2050. We have set ambitious carbon reduction targets to ensure we reach our goals. To achieve these objectives, we’ve developed a pathway to zero to help drive carbon out of our scope 1 and 2 operations.

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our approach

Our pathway to zero

United Living will use a range of tools to reach net zero. Our approach to decarbonisation is guided by our low-carbon roadmap, which sets out a number of key aims and deliverables. These have been designed to ensure we get the balance right between reducing our own impact, whilst still working to provide essential services.

We’ll continually implement sustainable and innovative practices to help us reach our emission reduction targets, including low-carbon fuels, low-emission vehicles, sustainable energy sources, alternative working practices, and value chain collaboration.

Every year, we will publish our direct emissions, covering 100% of our direct operations, ensuring that we provide a transparent reflection of our impact on climate change. We’ll continue to report our carbon footprint in accordance with government legislation (Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) and Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting (SECR).

Zero avoidable waste

From the materials we consume and the waste we generate, our strategy aims to significantly reduce our impact from waste. We’re committed to eliminating single-use plastic in our supply chain, supporting a circular economy.

Whilst we aim to eliminate waste where possible, we will continually seek opportunities for good outcomes from the waste that we do produce. This includes donating suitable waste material to charities, community groups and social enterprises, to achieve a positive social impact and benefit to wider society.

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Supporting our clients’ net zero ambitions

As well as driving down our own carbon footprint, we play a leading role in the decarbonisation of our clients’ properties and assets, helping them achieve their net zero ambitions and accelerating the UK’s journey to a net-zero future.

From the buildings and living spaces we retrofit, the sustainable communities we create, and the infrastructure we design, build, and maintain, we are supporting the transition to a Net Zero economy.

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