Sustainability Report: MCS aim for Net Zero
How MCS Is Playing Its Role As A Low Emission Construction Company
It is alarming that CO2 emissions from buildings and construction have reached a new high following the COVID-19 pandemic. The construction industry has long been known to significantly contribute to global carbon emissions (producing about one-fourth of global CO2 emissions). With the recent spike in emissions, it is clear that urgent action is required. The goal of decarbonising the buildings sector within the next two decades may seem daunting, but with the right approach, it is achievable.
Construction Industry Accounts for Nearly 40% of CO2 Emissions
One of the most significant producers of carbon dioxide emissions worldwide is the building and construction sector. The process of creating buildings and infrastructure results in the emission of a considerable amount of greenhouse gases. This emission occurs throughout the whole process, from manufacturing building materials to operating heavy machinery. The situation will only get worse as a direct result of the increased demand for new development projects caused by urbanisation and population growth.
If we continue down this road, one of the most significant contributors to climate change will be the building and construction industry. This is an unsettling truth. The ongoing release of carbon dioxide will cause the Earth’s temperature to rise, leading to an increase in the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and a reduction in biodiversity. In addition to the environmental effects, there will also be substantial repercussions for the economy and society.
The cost of responding to the increasingly severe impacts of climate change will only continue to go up in the foreseeable future. It is absolutely necessary for us to take urgent action in order to lessen the influence that the construction sector has on the surrounding environment and on our future. In order to lessen its overall carbon footprint, the industry must make the transition to methods and technology that are more environmentally friendly. We have no choice but to take action right now if we want future generations to inherit a habitable planet.
The Solution? Zero-Emission Construction Sites
Zero-emission construction refers to building practices that produce no greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, or at least significantly reduce them. To achieve zero emission construction, various methods can be employed. For instance, energy-efficient building design can also play a crucial role in reducing emissions. Energy consumption can be significantly reduced by implementing high-efficiency insulation, energy-efficient lighting and appliances, and natural ventilation systems.
Another crucial aspect of zero-emission construction is the use of sustainable construction materials. This can include using materials that have a low carbon footprint, such as recycled steel and wood, leading to more affordable housing. Moreover, materials can be locally sourced to minimise transportation emissions.
By reducing emissions from the construction industry, zero-emission construction can help mitigate the effects of climate change, improve local air quality, and decrease overall global carbon dioxide emissions. Additionally, this approach can also lead to cost savings for builders and developers and improve the health and well-being of building occupants. Buildings that are designed to be energy-efficient and use sustainable materials often provide better indoor air quality, natural light, and thermal comfort.
“MCS is committed to helping the UK achieve its goal of becoming a net-zero carbon emitter of greenhouse gases by 2050.”
The Role of MCS In Reducing Carbon Emissions
MCS is an independently owned Building Services provider who specialises in the design, installation & delivery of building services solutions, covering all aspects of mechanical and electrical engineering installations.
We are striving to help the construction industry reduce its carbon footprint through our services by providing sustainable solutions for demolition and construction projects and implementing eco-friendly practices at construction and demolition sites. Additionally, we are focused on educating and training companies and construction workers on the importance of reducing their carbon footprint during construction and demolition activities.
MCS is committed to helping the UK achieve its goal of becoming a net-zero carbon emitter of greenhouse gases by 2050. We understand that the building and construction industry is one of the largest contributors to these emissions, and we are dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint through our bespoke M&E services.
Our in-house experts are equipped to handle full design and build mechanical services, electrical testing, and commissioning, and any other M&E installation or refurbishment needs throughout the UK.
In addition to our M&E services, MCS offers a survey and reporting process for improving a building’s energy efficiency. We optimize existing buildings and strategically reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. This can include solutions such as lighting controls, variable speed drives, and building management system optimization.
Furthermore, we provide an appraisal service that assesses the feasibility of renewable and low-carbon technologies, including budget costs, payback periods, and the anticipated reduction in construction emissions.
The Crux of The Matter
While the task of decarbonising the buildings sector may seem daunting, it is not impossible. By improving building energy performance, decreasing the carbon footprint of building materials, multiplying policy commitments alongside the action, and increasing investment in energy efficiency, we can work towards a more sustainable and responsible future for the buildings and construction sector.
With the world facing an ever-increasing environmental crisis, it is vital that we all make an effort to reduce our carbon emissions and promote sustainable practices in the construction industry. By choosing low-emission construction companies like MCS, we can help to build a better and more sustainable future for all.
Please feel free to contact MCS to learn more about how MCS uses low-emission technologies and approaches to complete carbon-friendly projects.