31st July 2023

Why we educate our staff about the climate crisis

All of us at Cora recognise the precarious situation our planet finds itself in. Climate change threatens life as we know it – and we realise the role we need to play in fighting back.

Here, Cora Managing Director Luke Simmons explains how our bespoke training scheme is creating a unified response to the climate crisis.

A team effort

One thing that unites us at Cora is the feeling of being part of something more. We are not just a housebuilder – we are a team of industry professionals creating amazing places that have a lasting, positive legacy on our planet.

A big part of creating that unity comes thanks to our mandatory carbon literacy training programme.

We are proud to say we are the first business of our size in the world to have completed the Climate Solutions Accelerator course designed by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

The course explains the science behind climate change and the ways we can all play our part in combatting it. Everyone is required to complete the training, from our labourers through to our directors.

Not only is it helping change our practices, but also the daily routines of our staff – placing us one step closer to our ultimate ambitions of becoming net zero by 2050.

We also encourage all employees to contribute ideas to drive energy savings and reductions emissions, which are reviewed regularly.

Together, we are showing that our carbon neutral ambitions are possible – and that collective action can have a real impact on our planet.

Leanne Reynolds, our Quantity Surveyor, who has completed the training, said: “I love the fact we are really starting to focus on being more sustainable, thinking more about the impact we are having on the environment and how to improve.

“Learning more about this has been very interesting.

“I believe it will help reduce the climate crisis and make a real difference for our customers and the communities where we build.”

Recognising we can do more

We are not blind to the scale of the crisis our world faces. As such, we recognise there is more we can do as a business to support our planet.

That’s why we are constantly looking to the future and identifying new, innovative ways to reduce our emissions.

That includes operational moves like a shift towards off-site construction, which will significantly reduce the amount of Co2 emitted during the build process.

We are also stopping the installation of fossil fuel heating systems and are researching innovative waste water heat recovery systems to provide our customers a cheaper and more sustainable way to heat their homes.

Learn more about our commitment to the environment in our 2022 sustainability report.