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RICS joins the ‘extinction’ movement (well, sort of)

Royal institution puts its considerable weight behind a call for surveyors to do their bit to protect the environment via its 'Value the Planet' campaign.

Sheila Manchester

It’s not quite Extinction Rebellion, but nevertheless the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has launched a ‘Value the Planet’ campaign to call for the preservation of the environment through the adoption of the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs).

These include the world developing without poverty or hunger but alongside many other factors such as good health, education, water, sanitation, clean energy and reduced inequality.

The RICS campaign pushes for increased action within the industry, highlighting the essential need for the property industry to Value the Planet and providing support and resources to help the profession tackle climate action and adopt the UN’s goals.

With the clock ticking on making drastic changes, RICS is committed to using its position to achieve the SDGs within the Built Environment.

The UN paper looks at climate action, highlighting three key aims for the profession; thinking across the lifecycle, collaboration; and being accountable.

The paper lists action that can be taken by industry, gives information on professional standards and RICS updates, tips, resources, research, thought leadership, and examples of collaboration – to support RICS professionals and firms in achieving the 2030 target of adoption of the SDGs.

Matthew Howell, RICS UK MD (left), says, “The Value the Planet campaign launch, provides our professionals with a new paper to assist them with implementing the UN goals, and RICS resources to help them be accountable for the sake of future generations. We are committed to supporting our professionals and firms in this area.

“This long term campaign, is an opportunity for the UK profession to show its green credentials and to lead on innovation, action and investment in a low-carbon economy, to safeguard the planet and promoting sustained economic growth and human security,” he says.

October 15, 2019

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