Construction working group sessions

In 2022, TCLP launched its built environment project with the support of Laudes Foundation. The project supports decarbonisation by working with leading real estate, construction and renewables organisations across Europe to help them use TCLP clauses at scale. 

As part of this project, TCLP trialled a new ‘how to’ guide with a closed renewables and construction industry working group. This guide helps users to get information on emissions via contract and, along with other guides, will eventually be available to all.

Across three roundtable sessions, a mixture of renewables and construction employers, contractors and consultants discussed putting emissions disclosure and reporting requirements into contracts.

This was supplemented with guest speakers from AstraZeneca, EDF Renewables, Foot Anstey, Buro Happold and the Environment Agency, who shared their experiences and insights of incorporating climate contracting principles into their work. 

This was an opportunity for industry peers to bring their issues to the table, hear success stories and develop a practical plan to implement these measures in their agreements. In this way, the sessions provided an avenue for rich discussion and strong collaboration.

One key outcome of the sessions was an action plan split into 2 categories: 

  • Internal steps that organisations can take to get colleagues on board and climate provisions into standard company contracts. 
  • External steps that organisations can take to negotiate climate provisions into a contract with a third party.

Ultimately, the working group inspired confidence and solutions for organisations who are currently in the process of decarbonising. 

Ellie Greatholder, UK Director Commercial and Legal at Buro Happold, says:

“The insight and food for thought that Harlene Gill and I have obtained through our involvement in the construction working group has been invaluable – but also hugely uplifting and energising. We all know the huge role that the construction sector has to play in reducing carbon emissions and that won’t happen without industry-wide education and collaboration – which is exactly what this working group has provided a framework for. It was a pleasure to be able to contribute to the discussions by sharing the unique contractual challenges and opportunities that professional service providers in the industry face in this space.”

If you are a built environment stakeholder who would like to discuss your efforts to use climate contracting principles and how TCLP might be able to support you, please email Josh van den Dries with details.