Sustainable Planet

The economic progress of the last 50 years has come at a huge environmental cost. But there is growing global consensus that if we act now, we can still avert a climate crisis

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We are now using 1.75 as many natural resources in a year as the planet can regenerate

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Global carbon emissions have tripled since 1960 (and are still rising)

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We need to keep global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees to avoid catastrophic climate change…

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…but if we stick to the measures agreed so far, temperatures are expected to rise by 3.2 degrees

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In the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2019, environmental factors accounted for 3 of the biggest 6 risks in terms of potential impact

Bridges invests in solutions that will help reduce emissions and decarbonise the economy

More sustainable buildings

Building and construction are responsible for almost 40% of all carbon emissions globally. By building more sustainably, and adapting existing buildings to make them more energy-efficient, we can reduce emissions while also reducing energy bills for tenants and residents.

Supporting the clean energy transition

The cost of clean energy is now comparable to fossil fuels, making it increasingly attractive: in Q1 2020, renewable energy sources accounted for 47% of UK power generation (a new record). With energy demand increasing, we need to invest in building capacity and increasing efficiency.

Changing the way we eat

Food production is responsible for a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions – via livestock and fisheries, crop production, land use and supply chain. So we cannot meet our climate goals without radically changing how we produce, transport, consume and dispose of food.

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