We are committed to protecting and enhancing the environment and the communities where we operate, as well as minimising the potentially harmful impact of our work wherever possible. To deliver on that promise, we have created an Environmental and Waste Minimisation and Recycling Policy and we follow Safety Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) standards certified to ISO 14001-2015.
We are committed to:
Our focus is on making sure our policy is implemented. To do that we are investing the necessary resources, engaging and training our employees to enlist their support and working with suppliers and contractors to make sure they are also minimising the impact of their work. Together, we can reduce the materials we use, the waste we produce, the levels of pollution and emissions and the noise, visual and other impacts we have on the environment.
Here are some specific areas where we are putting ideas into action:
On every project we apply our Environmental Aspects Register to help us to identify and manage potential impacts on site. This is in addition to a Waste Management Plan that assesses where waste is produced and allows us to introduce minimisation initiatives from the outset.
Wherever possible, we specify materials with a high recycled content. As well as creating a market for recycled products (with no extra cost or reduction in quality), this reduces the amount of virgin material extracted. Recent projects already demonstrate how better informed choices can make a big difference. For example, we’ve shown how secondary and recycled aggregates can be used for a number of applications such as pipe bedding, backfill and as a sub-base to divert significant tonnages from landfill.
All new staff are given a thorough briefing on our environmental policy and practices, plus we and external providers give regular training to make sure our people stay up to speed with all the latest developments in sustainable, responsible construction. From ‘green’ materials and transport through to hazardous waste issues and the safer use of chemicals – we make sure our people have the knowledge to make a positive difference from day one.