What do we mean by sustainability?

In 1987, the United Nations Brundtland Commission defined sustainability as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

The Restoration and Renewal Programme has adopted the three pillars of sustainability whereby environmental, social and economic aspirations and objectives have been set with the aim of creating holistic benefits to people, communities and nationwide. 

Our three pillars of sustainability


The Social pillar supports the long-term wellbeing and resilience of individuals, communities and society. Examples include prioritising the wellbeing, safety and accessibility of those who build, operate and use the Palace of Westminster.


The Economic pillar refers to practices that support economic growth without negatively impacting social, environmental, and cultural aspects of the community. Examples include developing skills and talent for the Programme to create holistic benefits to people, the environment, and communities and locally and nationwide.


The Environmental pillar relates to the protection of environmental resources for future generations. Examples include creating a resilient Palace of Westminster adaptable to a changing climate that enhances the environment.