The built environment accounts for a third of global greenhouse gas emissions. Left unchecked, this is forecast to rise, potentially doubling by 2050.

Environmental management

Reducing carbon emissions is one of the most pressing challenges facing the construction industry. From the embodied impacts of the materials used, to the associated operational emissions of the buildings and infrastructure it creates, the construction industry has a significant role to play in shaping a low carbon, modern society within global carbon limits.

Our approach

We have three key focus areas:

  1. Reducing our own emissions. We have reduced our carbon emissions by 15 per cent through initiatives to cut travel, waste and reducing energy consumption across our sites and offices. We now procure all electricity for our offices from renewable sources and we are looking to expand this commitment further. We independently verify our measurement and reporting under the Certified Emission Management And Reduction Scheme (CEMARS) and report through the Nordic Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
  2. Reducing embodied carbon. Through our Journey to Deep Green™ we continue to build our skills, knowledge and understanding of the carbon impacts associated with construction. Working with our customers and suppliers we continue to develop detailed project carbon profiles. This helps us identify savings, evolve designs and specifications to reduce associated emissions, promote low carbon solutions and demonstrate the economic case for low carbon construction.
  3. Influencing the industry. We are committed to extending our influence through external bodies, working groups and industry initiatives, such as the CITB Sustainability Supply Chain School or UK Green Construction Board. We have supported the development of PAS 2080 – the new standard for managing infrastructure carbon – recognising the importance of industry standards and sharing experience through the publication of case studies and external working groups.
Last updated: 23/01/2017