Mace has appointed Jessica Lovell as its first low carbon structural engineer to lead the firm’s client carbon reduction targets.
Jessica joins Mace from consulting engineer Robert Bird Group, where she set up its sustainability steering group and was instrumental in developing the company’s net zero carbon agenda.
In her new role, Jessica will lead clients’ embodied carbon reduction strategies with the aim of transforming the carbon footprint of the projects they deliver.
Jessica commented: “In modern buildings a large portion of carbon sits within the structure. If we want to drive meaningful change, it’s crucial that we engage not only our clients and their design teams, but also our supply chain partners early on.
“Significant carbon improvements can be made by asking the big questions early on. Depending on the project you could achieve up to a quarter of carbon savings.
“The majority of our clients already have a net zero strategy in place, and with our continued commitment to reduce the carbon in their assets, we are turning actions into tangible results.”
Mace has pledged to reduce client carbon emissions by 1 million tonnes, as part of its 2026 business strategy. It will also eliminate the use of diesel on all its sites by 2026.
Andrew Jackson, COO for construction at Mace, added: “Jessica’s expertise will transform the way we approach embodied carbon reduction strategies on client projects.
We set ourselves ambitious targets for 2026 and we have already been making significant progress towards our goals.
“I look forward to Jessica taking our clients a step further in their net zero carbon journeys.”
Image: Jessica Lovell
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