Our Sustainabilty Strategy
We will be carbon neutral by 2030, 20 years earlier than the national target of 2050
We understand that the civil engineering sector can – and must – cut down on the number of carbon emissions which we emit. Our approach to waste management and carbon reduction are imbedded within our ‘sustainability strategy’.
By implementing new and innovative carbon reduction methods throughout our works and within our local communities, we will be carbon neutral by 2030, 20 years earlier than the national target of 2050 and 8 years earlier than Greater Manchester’s target of 2038.
Our commitment towards carbon neutrality will be achieved through the effective operation of our integrated management system which is reviewed every 6 months by our Managing Director, Garry O’Neill, who ensures that we maintain our high levels of sustainability.
The main pieces of legislation which our carbon reduction policy adheres to are:
- The UK’s Carbon Reduction Plan and the Climate Change Act 2008.
- The Pathway’s Analysis which looked at the key changes which the UK will have to make to be carbon neutral by 2050.
- The UK’s net zero target which aims to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 68% by the end of the decade (when compared to their 1990 levels).
Our proactive approach to carbon management includes:
- Ensuring compliance with energy related legislation and corporate commitments.
- Implementing a sustainable energy strategy to reach carbon neutrality by 2030.
- Using our ISO: 45001 certified Environmental Policy and Environmental Management System (EMS) to manage and report upon our energy management and carbon emissions.
- Upgrading our fleet to reduce vehicle related emissions.
- Monitoring and reviewing our energy consumption against our targets every 6 months.
- Promoting decarbonisation and energy efficiency throughout all levels of our business including our mandatory induction process and ‘lesson learnt’ exercises.
Our Environmental Policy
Our Environmental Policy outlines a suite of key performance indicators surrounding our carbon footprint and environmental impact which are collated, reviewed and reported to the board on a quarterly basis.
How we reduce our carbon footprint in our office and throughout our works
- Promoting our ‘cycle to work’ scheme which is available for our employees.
- Our Health, Safety and Quality Director, Kerry Penrith, holds regular staff meetings and employability days for our employees. These provide our staff and operatives with education, guidance and support on how they can use our new carbon reduction methods to reduce their own carbon footprint.
- Collaborating with local councils to implement low carbon events and initiatives.
- Using video conferences for our business meetings whenever it is possible to do so.
- Increasing the amount of natural and LED lighting in our office. Our heating and ventilation systems now automatically switch off after a set amount of time.
- Monitoring and reporting upon the number of carbon emissions which we emit.
- Consolidating our work premises into one yard and one office – reducing our office based carbon emissions by 50%.
- Sending 100% of our recyclable materials to recycling plants.
- Working extensively with waste disposal specialists and ‘A1 Services’ who are one of the most experienced and reliable company’s in Manchester when it comes to the disposal of hazardous, non-hazardous and inert soils. We also reuse these materials whenever it is possible for us to do so as part of our ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ policy.
- Sourcing our aggregate materials through ‘Aggregate Industries’. Aggregate Industries are class leading in this field and they constantly strive to reduce their carbon footprint. They also work towards carbon neutral products with the use of carbon offset methods and new processes.
- Encouraging our operatives to car share whenever this is permitted under Covid-19 regulations.
- Adding a restrictor to all vehicles. All vans have been restricted to 62mph. By 2022, this will have reduced our fuel consumption by 14%.
- Using low carbon concrete mixes such as fly, ash, slag, and calcined clays which emit 55% fewer carbon emissions.
- In 2019, we invested over £90,000 towards updating our vehicles and machinery. All vans now meet Euro 6 emission standards and all plant has been replaced by battery powered models and low emission engines.
Please follow the links below to view our’ Carbon Reduction Policy’ and ‘Sustainability Strategy’: