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Our Pillar: An environment with a future

The future depends on what we do today

Our Pillar: An Environment with a Future 

Our principle: A low carbon economy

Lower carbon

Continue our work to become a low carbon organisation and help governments, businesses and society to make the transition to a low carbon economy

We have continued our efforts to become a low carbon organisation.

Measuring and reporting emission to stakeholders and investors

We continue to report and verify our emissions data. Atkins has disclosed carbon data to the CDP (formely Carbon Disclosure Project), the global platform for organisational disclosure of investor-relevant climate change data.

The Group achieved certification to the ISO 14064 international standard for quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions. We report on gas, electricity, liquid fuel consumption and travel emissions.

Transition to a low carbon economy

Please click here to find out more about what we’re doing to reduce carbon.

Adapt to change

Prepare ourselves and help to equip our clients for the potential impacts of climate change

Affordable, reliable and clean energy

We’ve continued to work with governments, businesses and society to help them make the transition to a low carbon economy, whilst also working to reduce emissions from our own operations.

One of our Norwegian teams is helping to plan and develop 5 solar power plants in Egypt, supporting the Government of Egypt’s plans to supply 20 percent of installed capacity from renewable energy. As solar plants run on free and abundant sun energy, huge benefits will be gained by avoiding the cost of importing expensive fossil fuel to run power stations.

We’re working with Hexicon to develop the world’s first multi-turbine offshore wind floating platform to be deployed at Dounreay, off the Scottish north coast. The project aims to demonstrate how a multi turbine concept can help to bring down the cost of offshore wind, enabling this form of renewable energy to be even more financially viable.

You can find out more about our Hexicon offshore wind platform in this news story.

Our principle: Respect for the environment through;

Resource Efficiency

Manage natural resources efficiently and help to build the resource resilience of our clients.

Managing Resources

Our office sustainability programme, RACE2, encompasses such environmental issues as efficient use of materials, control of water, waste and recycling.

Building the resource resilience of our clients

We’ve published a set of ecosystem services papers, highlighting the wide range of benefits which people obtain from the natural environment and the costs that result from damage to the natural capital from which they derive.


Protect and improve ecosystems, recognising the valuable services they provide.

Our work in Hong Kong has helped to transform the existing 1km long King Yip Street Nullah into a green and vibrant Tsui Ping River. We provided solutions for environmental, ecological and landscape upgrading in the vicinity, without compromising its storm water discharge function and capacity. We also provided enhanced connectivity through the landscape by improving walkways.

The Revitalisation of Tsui Ping River project won a Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP) Award in 2015.

We’ve signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China Energy Conservation DADI Environmental Remediation Co., Ltd. (CECDADI), a specialist in soil and groundwater remediation, to explore environmental protection initiatives in China. The collaboration aims to make contribution to the Chinese government’s strategic objectives to improve the country’s environmental conditions through improved air, water, and soil quality.

You can find out more about this story here.


We’re working with Scottish Water to continue to provide the people of Scotland with high quality drinking water and to protect and enhance the environment. Read more about Scottish Water here.

Our engineering expertise is helping to develop a new, $70 million wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. The state-of-the-art facility will replace West Point’s aging treatment plant.

You can read about how Atkins is assisting the Government in revitalizing Tsui Ping River Nullah in Hong Kong into an attractive green river.

Adapt to change

We’re working in Long Hai, Vietnam, to address the potential effects of climate change and rising sea levels, with the aim of protecting existing and new communities from natural disasters. In addition, advanced storm water management systems such as SUDS and low impact development and are proposed throughout the site to address the substantial flooding risks in a subtropical climate.

Find out more about how we have worked with partners to help the environment agency to tackle flooding in the UK.

Our scheme at the International School Tanganyika in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, is helping to remediate flooding and increase protection. In co-operation with a local consultant and the school’s construction manager, we’re using an existing topographical survey to build a 2D overland flow model for the school and immediate area. The model has been calibrated to an observed flooding event, replicating the overland flow paths, culverts and other hydraulic boundaries.

We’ve signed an agreement to launch a centre for research and innovation with the University of Birmingham, Imperial College London and the British Geological Survey. Over the next five years, the Centre will bring together academics, researchers and industry to build an integrated approach in managing the environmental risk and economic impact to our sewerage network across the UK.

Regulatory Activity

No environmental enforcement action was taken against us in 2015/16.