Sustainability & Climate Change

Sustainable development requires an integrated, plan-led approach which evaluates and weighs the environmental and social effects of development alongside the benefits of economic growth and prosperity. Some of the key challenges facing us today are global warming, climatic extremes, water and air pollution, escalating biodiversity loss and depletion of natural resources. As the world progressively urbanises, it is vital that this growth can be managed in a sustainable way, minimising the environmental and carbon footprint of its inhabitants, buildings, and infrastructure, whilst adapting to a rapidly changing climate.

At Pell Frischmann we understand that in order to make lasting impacts and leave a positive legacy we need to take real, tangible actions – both internally within our own corporate governance (in accordance with our Noble Purpose) and externally with the clients, projects and stakeholders that we work with.

We have a dedicated team of sustainability specialists with a breadth of skills and knowledge of different facets of sustainable development, climate adaptation and carbon management. This team works alongside our multi-disciplinary environmental and engineering teams, to offer pragmatic and cost-effective design and advisory services to both the public and private sectors. We work closely with clients, designers, statutory authorities and other stakeholders to tackle these challenges and ensure successful planning and project outcomes.

Our services include:

Sustainable Solutions

Corporate Sustainability Strategy

We help different types of businesses develop tailored strategies to achieve robust environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance and, over time, to become sustainability leaders. We help map the progress of these organisations against sector-specific best practice and key UN Sustainable Development Goals that are most relevant to them.

Sustainability Framework

Our bespoke Sustainability Identification Framework Tracker (SIFT) can be applied to all types of schemes and developments. Working closely with our clients and other stakeholders, this tool helps guide key decisions on projects and embed sustainability within every stage of the project lifecycle. It can be used to monitor performance throughout the design, construction, and implementation stages, helping to discharge planning conditions and other requirements, and deriving long-lasting operational benefits and economic value.


A BREEAM certified rating reflects the environmental, energy and sustainability performance of a development and provides assurance on the operational costs, quality, and value of the asset. Our expert BREEAM Assessors can help you with full assessments for commercial and industrial buildings, and infrastructure across various sectors to help achieve the desired BREEAM certification.

Journey to Net Zero

Our sustainability and carbon specialists can help with developing end-to-end solutions to achieve low embodied carbon and climate-resilient schemes, whilst also driving social and economic benefits.

Life Cycle Assessment

Using our industry approved carbon accounting tools, we can quantify embodied and operational carbon at all stages of development, and advise on carbon reduction objectives, strategies, and management plans.

Net Zero Carbon Strategy and Carbon Footprinting

Our multi-disciplinary experts work closely with our clients to help identify, manage, and reduce their Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions and develop Net-Zero strategies aligned to Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) and national and international standards.

Circular Economy

We help our clients in their circular transition by incorporating the principles of optimisation, innovation and integration in the use of materials and resources with the aim of achieving ‘zero waste to landfill’ and a dramatically reduced impact on the environment. We can help you with developing:
Climate Change Adaptation

Our multi-disciplinary team can assist developers, utilities, and local authorities in planning for extreme climatic events including flooding, heatwaves, drought, and storms. We undertake flood risk modelling and advise on flood protection, sustainable urban drainage, rainwater harvesting, adaptive habitat design, renewable energy and other sustainable design features.  

We can also draw upon a pool of in-house structural, mechanical and civil engineers to design climate-resilient structures. This in turn reduces maintenance and repair costs, improves the value of assets and helps attract new investment. We use the latest modelling software and data sources to aid decision-making and identify innovative solutions to improve climate resilience and adaptation across a range of sectors and development types.

Additional services

Environmental Management Systems

As part of our suite of consultancy services, we advise businesses on the application of Environmental Management Systems (EMS) to facilitate their transition to more sustainable business models. By implementing an EMS in accordance with the ISO14001: 2015 standard, an organisation can identify and manage all environmental and sustainability issues that are relevant to its operations under a formal ‘Analyse – Plan – Do – Check’ system, which can be applied at both project and company-wide levels. We can also assist in the development of integrated management systems which combine ISO14001 with other standards such as the Energy Management System, ISO 5000.

Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG)

Our expert Ecology team can provide a full range of ecological surveys and undertake habitat mapping, conservation, and enhancement. We advise developers and local authorities on how they can best achieve BNG, evaluate Natural Capital, and other ecosystem-based metrics.

Nature Based Solutions

Our Water Engineering teams provide expert advice and insights into biological treatment systems and process-derived solutions for achieving nutrient neutrality, and waste and wastewater management.

Social Value

We have a dedicated Social Value team that can help uncover, measure, and develop social value in line with government guidance for both public and private sector organisations. From the formulation of strategy, project planning, implementation and compliance, our suite of services is designed to support you on your sustainability journey.

From the formulation of strategy, project planning, implementation and compliance, our suite of services is designed to support you on your sustainability journey.

We’d love to hear from you!

If you would like to know more about our Sustainability and Climate Change capabilities, please contact us through our contact form here.

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