Tackling climate change
For those who are already on the journey, there are some clear trends emerging in terms of actions taken to minimise an organisation or project’s impact on the environment. Top of the list of measures is a focus on reducing resource waste (identified by 76 per cent of respondents), followed by measures to reduce resource use (75 per cent) and collaboration to reduce waste during project delivery (71 per cent).
What is perhaps most encouraging is the high scores across the board when it comes to the various mitigating measures that project professionals can use to address this urgent issue. Virtually every sector is either pursuing or pushing for more progress against climate change while all measures – from careful resource management to sharing knowledge and rewarding best practice – are seeing widespread adoption.
Naturally, education is central to capturing and driving improvement. And that is reflected in the appetite for a range of educational and knowledge sharing tools to improve the understanding of climate change. The most popular learning tools are webinars, events and/or peer-to-peer knowledge sharing (identified by 54 percent as helpful) and ‘bite-sized learning’ packages such as APM Learning (highlighted by 52 per cent).
It is also worth pointing out that while men are more likely than women to find specialist qualifications (24 per cent vs 20 per cent) and project accreditation (28 per cent vs 21 per cent) most useful, women are more likely to find ‘bite-sized learning’ (58 per cent vs 50 percent) and webinars useful (62 per cent vs 49 per cent).
In order to build on these findings, we are evaluating all learning resources to ensure we identify support and content in all areas.
Finally, there is a broad recognition that while educating professionals is useful, educating on climate issues should begin sooner, with almost nine in 10 (88 percent) of those surveyed believing climate change and sustainability education should be mandatory for the school curriculum and only seven per cent opposed.