As Chartered Surveyors, we are aware of how our business activities impact upon the environment, and we are committed to ensuring that these activities have the least possible detrimental effect on the environment. As members, we commit to following sustainable business practices in our day-to-day operations, and encouraging and supporting our clients and colleagues to instil these practices in their lives also.
The Surveyors Declare document is an important resource for Surveyors that have signed up in support of the Declaration which serves as a framework and a first step for Surveyors in tackling the climate change challenge within our practices and homes. Download
SCSI has launched the Surveyors Declare Sustainability Resource Guide to support members further in their sustainability journey, by providing basic knowledge for surveyors, giving an overview of the industry’s impact, the tools available, the best practices and other general guidance regarding sustainability. It’s a short document that can be easily read and is tailored to address the areas and concepts relatable to all our surveying members and their professions. Download
The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C released in 2018 by the IPCC demonstrated that 1.5°C is a critical threshold for many climate concerns. Weather extremes, such as heat waves and extreme precipitation occurrences, are predicted to rise with the increase in global temperature. The more recent 6th evaluation report released in 2022 by the IPCC stated that only the most extreme reductions in carbon emissions and disruptions in the pattern of how we consume resources from now will help prevent an environmental catastrophe as the world is expected to approach the 1.5°C level by the early years of the next decade.
Considering the amount of carbon, we are still globally emitting, the Climate Clock below collects real-time data and indicates how much time we have before the carbon limit runs out. It clearly shows that we need to get our acts aligned and work towards building a zero-carbon future.
- Strive to limit the use of fossil fuels in my practice
- Act in accordance with the best principles for the mitigation of environmental harm and the enhancement of environmental quality for all
- Strive to ensure that the uses of natural resources are fair and sustainable taking account of the needs of a diverse society
- Use my skills and experience to serve the needs of the environment and society
- Serve as an example to others for responsible environmental behaviour
- be aware of, and aim to observe and support the United Nations Sustainable Development goals
I am committed to:
- Ensuring environmental practices are included in my assessment of suppliers and contractors and that their performance in this area forms part of the selection criteria utilised
- Purchasing products and services that have the least known environmental impact, where this is feasible
- Encouraging suppliers and contractors to implement sustainable environmental systems
- Minimising the use of hazardous chemicals and solvents and instructing agents acting on my behalf to do the same
- Using materials, fittings and furnishings from sustainable sources where feasible
- Reducing my carbon footprint as much as possible
- Optimising energy efficiency and conservation in all operations
- Reducing the impact of transportation in my business activities
- Actively promoting reduce, reuse and recycling in my office and/or workplace
- Minimising waste generation and unnecessary resource usage during the stages of planning, design and operation of new and existing business activities
- Endeavour to incorporate biodiversity in both new build projects, infrastructure projects and in managing existing buildings.
- Take measures to avoid impact on ecosytems and were impacts cannot be avoided, take measures to reduce the duration or extent of impact
- Optimising water efficiency and conservation in all operations
- Mitigating risk of polluting water courses
SCSI Climate & Biodiversity Emergency Declaration
The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland have declared a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency.
Why declare a Climate & Biodiversity Emergency?
The reason we are declaring a CLIMATE AND BIODIVERISTY EMERGENCY is because climate change is the greatest threat of our time and has far reaching implications for the real estate industry and all our futures. Buildings and construction play a major part, accounting for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions whilst also having a significant impact on our natural habitats. We are not doing enough in our profession to address this, and we want to change this.
The Emergency Declaration
By declaring the emergency, we are stating that we are:
- Raising awareness of the climate and biodiversity emergencies, and the urgent need for mitigation and adaptation action amongst ourselves, our colleagues, employees, clients, peers, collaborators and supply chains.
- Advocating for faster change in our industry towards regenerative practices,
- Committing to sharing knowledge and research on an open-source basis, to address the climate and biodiversity emergencies.
- We are saying that we are not doing enough, and we want to change that.
The SCSI invites you to join us in making this Declaration by publicly signing our ‘Surveyors Declare’ Declaration.
SCSI Sustainability Policy & Template for Firms
The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland are aware of how our business activities impact upon the environment, and we are committed to ensuring these activities have the least possible detrimental effect on our environment.
The SCSI has adopted its Sustainability Policy as a framework to progress our aim of striving to promote sustainability and follow sustainable business practices in our day-to-day operations, encouraging and supporting our members to instil these practices in their own business.
We have also made this policy available to members firms as a template which can be used and adopted by members firms to incorporate sustainability practices into their day-to-day operations. Download SCSI Sustainability Policy
Download Sustainability Template
SCSI Members Committed to Surveyors Declare
Thank you to our member for signing up to support the Surveyors Declare initiative. Please note new member sign-ups are added to this page on Fridays.
Enda Mc Guane
David O Brien
Stephen O Callaghan
Patrick O’ Connor
Freda O Donnell
David O Neill
Maurice O Neill
Joseph O’ Mahony
Majella O’ Regan
Patrick O’ Kane
Firms Supporting the Surveyors Declare Initiative
Anisorian Real Estate
Bagnall Doyle MacMahon
Carron + Walsh
Charterhouse Infrastructure Consultants
Cushman & Wakefield
Duff & Phelps Real Estate Advisory Group
Eloise Consulting ltd
Hibernia REIT plc
John McCarthy & Associates Chartered Quantity Surveyors Ltd.
Kerrigan Sheanon Newman Construction Consultants
Knight Frank Ireland
KRA Visionary Project Partners
Lambert Smith Hampton Ireland
Leonard & Williams
Mason Owen & Lyons
Mulcahy McDonagh & Partners Ltd
Property Boundaries Ireland Ltd
Rogerson Reddan & Associates
Sherry FitzGerald New Homes and Sherry FitzGerald Group
Sigma Retail Partners
The Building Consultancy
Turner & Townsend
WKN Real Estate Advisors
Wyse Property Management
Sustainability Working Group
Sustainability Working Group
The Sustainability Working Group within the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) is made up of a group of approximately 18 committee members across a number of disciplines. The Sustainability group works on behalf of the membership to provide support, advice and draw up policies to augment knowledge and awareness for our members on all matters relating to sustainability across each of the Societies’ professional groups.
The Sustainability Working Group are also instrumental in driving other projects for the benefit of members. These include the ongoing policy formation, which will help our industry adapt as we move towards a complete decarbonization of the Built Environment by 2050. In addition, the Working Group also organises CPDs, contributes articles to the Surveyors Journal and e-zine. to support education and develop awareness among our membership.
Find out more
If you are interested in finding out more about the Sustainability Group please contact us at email@example.com