The newly created Australian industry group, MECLA, is a collaboration of organisations that have come together to drive reductions in embodied carbon in the building and construction industry. In-line with WSP’s 2020 ESG Report, our global commitment to net zero and our Future Ready innovative approach, our involvement in MECLA will enable industry influence for aligning with the Paris Agreement targets and principles of the circular economy.
“Through our influence as designers and client technical advisors, WSP has the opportunity to be at the forefront of the transition to a zero emissions economy,” says WSP Director, Sustainability, Bernadette Fitzgerald. “On our road and rail projects we are using recycled materials and our Property and Buildings team have already seen great work on designing timber buildings. But there is a lack of consistency from project to project due to legacy specifications, contractor familiarity or perceived delivery risks.”
Recognising the building and construction sector is a complex ecosystem, WSP is partnering together with like-minded clients and peers such as Lend Lease, Laing O’Rourke and the University of Sydney to drive a market transition across industry and government.
As part of a number of Working Groups, WSP will be assisting MECLA to address barriers and identify opportunities to demonstrate demand; define a best practice embodied carbon evaluation framework; capture industry case studies that showcase excellence; develop a common language for procurement guidelines; help manage climate transition risk; and support the materials supply sector.
“Through our work with MECLA, as an industry we will look to start to remove the road blocks that have limited the use of more sustainable materials on projects,” says Bernadette. “The working groups will address specific barriers and opportunities on both the supply and demand equation of sustainable materials.”
Embodied carbon is the total greenhouse emissions generated during the manufacture of the materials and products used in the construction and refurbishment of new and existing buildings and infrastructure.
Currently funded by TfNSW (Transport for NSW) the values of the organisation are collaboration, integrity, leadership, opportunity and transparency. See a the complete list of member organisations here.