Improving the environment

Our performance

KPI 2016 2015 2010 baseline 2016 performance
against short-term target
Short-term target (2016)  Medium-term target (2020  Horizon ambition
Group carbon emissions (absolute) 30,770 tonnes of C02e 34,218 tonnes of C02e 33,357 tonnes of C02e 5% carbon reduction 5% year-on-year carbon reduction
65% carbon reduction from 2010 baseline
Waste diverted from landfill
 96% 90%
92%
94%
100%
  • Achieved or exceeded short-term target
  • Performance within 10% of short-term target
  • Performance 10% or more worse than short-term target
2016 performance

In 2016, we reduced our carbon emissions by 10%, giving a total reduction of 52% since 2010, a significant achievement.  Our carbon intensity, the ratio of carbon emissions to Group revenue, decreased by 16.6% to 12.0 (2015: 14.0). We achieved a carbon disclosure score of A- with CDP – an organisation that encourages companies to measure environmental impact – under their new grading structure and were the only company in the UK index to score so highly.

Overbury was a lead sponsor and development partner of SKA HE, an environmental assessment tool developed by the RICS for application to refurbishment in the higher education sector.  In 2016, Overbury was also invited to become a member of the SKA technical committee.  Since the launch of the tool, the division has achieved a bronze and a silver rating on two of its higher education projects.

In 2016 we diverted 96.2% of our waste from landfill which is a significant improvement on our performance in 2015 (90% diverted). 

2017 focus

Our priorities for 2017 are:

  1. To continue to reduce our carbon emissions, recognising that it will become harder to continue to make significant year-on-year reductions
  2. To develop science-based targets that will be implemented in 2018.  We have set up a carbon action group with representatives from our divisions to develop these targets.  A carbon target is science-based if it is in line with the level of decarbonisation required to keep the increase in global temperature below 2°C compared to pre-industrial temperatures
  3. To continue to divert as much waste as possible from landfill and to improve waste management plans across all our projects
Risk/opportunities

High energy use and poor waste management

Impacts

  • Direct contribution to climate change
  • Increased operating costs
  • Inability to address client needs or qualify for tenders
  • Legal action through non-compliance with legislation

Mitigation

  • Energy efficiency campaign
  • Clear policies on vehicle and plant selection and use, monitoring and management of fuel consumption
  • Engaging with clients and through industry groups on best practice
  • Robust environmental management system (ISO 14001)
  • Use of technology and alternative methods of transport
  • Strategies for waste reduction in place including engaging with waste and recycling businesses

Opportunities

  • Increased operational efficiency
  • Operational cost savings
  • Business differentiator

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