UK Project Managers Declare Climate & Biodiversity Emergency

The crises of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss are two of the most serious issues of our time. Projects and change programmes play a major part – for example buildings and infrastructure account for approximately half of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions whilst also having a significant impact on our natural habitats.

For everyone working on projects and programmes – be they infrastructure and construction, transformation and service delivery, defence capability, or information and communications technology – meeting the needs of our society without breaching the Earth’s ecological boundaries will demand a paradigm shift in our behaviour.

Together with our clients, suppliers, and stakeholders, we need to plan, design, and deliver project outcomes as indivisible components of a larger, constantly regenerating and self-sustaining system in balance with the natural world.

The research and technology exist for us to begin that transformation now, but what has been lacking is collective will. Recognising this, we are committing to strengthen our working practices to create project outcomes that have more positive impact on the world around us.

We will strive to:

We hope that every organisation managing projects or teaching project managers in the UK will join us in making this commitment.


To sign, practices must provide the email address for their CEO, Chairperson or Board Member or appropriate senior staff member. Approval will be sought via this email before the company name is added to the declaration.

Note – this is a practitioner-led declaration independent from the project management professional bodies. For information related to APM or PMI activities and opportunities for member engagement on climate change, see their websites.

In addition, there are related UK architecture and civil, structural and building service engineering declarations online.

You can also visit Construction Declares to learn how to set up a declaration in another country or sector.

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