LDA Design’s climate statement

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”

Rachel Carson, marine biologist, author, and conservationist 

LDA Design’s climate statement is our commitment to each other and the world at large to keep climate breakdown front of mind.

Our mission – which we have held true to for 40 years – is to make great places and shape the world around us for the better. Fundamental to this is addressing the climate and nature crises, and working towards a more equitable and sustainable future. Our understanding of landscape and our expertise means we are well placed to champion new practices that will help to change policy and lead to more climate-conscious design.

As pioneers of green infrastructure planning and design in the UK, we are committed to pursuing a rigorous understanding of what needs to change. We see the potential for all new development – if it is truly creative and transformative – to achieve ‘net good’, including social value and biodiversity gain. We will be leading the growing call for this to become the new normal.

We want every decision we make to be a step on the way to a net zero future. 

LDA Design’s climate statement

Landscape is key to managing today’s crises in climate and ecology.

As landscape architects, masterplanners, planners, environmental planners and EIA coordinators, we take a holistic approach which recognises the close links between climate, biodiversity and ecosystem decline, health and wellbeing, and social and economic inequality.

The need for concerted, collective action and new thinking has never been greater. We will be bold in championing new practices that transform policy and lead to more climate conscious design, sharing our learning with our clients, co-consultants, partners and suppliers.

We are determined to identify all the climate opportunities in every project, mitigating climate breakdown by reducing carbon emissions; strengthening resilience through adaptation; enhancing biodiversity and conserving natural resources; and enabling healthier, more active and more equal communities.

As employee owners, we are investing in research and collaborating with others to identify the most important moves to make in our areas of expertise, and applying this learning to our work.

We are committed to our own operations being carbon neutral by 2025 and having quantified our carbon footprint, we are developing our net zero strategy.

We will campaign for change alongside the professions we belong to, accelerating the arrival of the circular economy, encouraging behavioural change, and making climate central to those planning and development processes which are currently unsustainable.

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