UK construction firm nearly triples CO2 reduction goal

A British construction and civil engineering company slashed emissions by 14% last year, nearly tripling its 5% reduction target. Costain has made a number of significant sustainable changes across its […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A British construction and civil engineering company slashed emissions by 14% last year, nearly tripling its 5% reduction target.

Costain has made a number of significant sustainable changes across its business, including shifting to carbon-neutral green energy tariffs – this reduced its overall carbon footprint by 41%, compared to 2015.

It has also made hybrid vehicles available at all grades of its fleet, reducing related emissions by 12%.

By 2020, Costain aims to supply all of its offices with 100% green energy to demonstrate its commitment to decarbonisation.

The group also plans to install hybrid and energy efficient lighting towers across its sites.

The company has received third party certification from the Certified Emission Measurement and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS) for the sixth year running and has been nominated for the scheme’s Gold Standard for ongoing achievements.

Darren James, Managing Director of Infrastructure at Costain, said: “We are committed to using resource efficiently and driving carbon reduction is a significant part of that.

“Working closely with our customers and supply chain partners has helped us identify further areas for carbon reduction and innovative approaches to becoming more energy efficient.”

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