Sir Robert McAlpine pledges new sustainability strategy

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Sir Robert McAlpine has launched a new sustainability strategy for 2020-2024, setting a clear path to achieving net-zero carbon emissions, with social value delivered over its operations

The sustainability strategy aims to have a measurable positive impact on local communities and the environment, empowering individuals across the business to drive the sustainability agenda.

The new strategy provides flexibility for projects, improving buy-in and ownership, allowing each project to deliver meaningful improvements. The specialist skills and expertise of the core sustainability team will drive the strategy and embed innovation and continuous improvement into their operations.

Working hand in hand with the supply chain, it tackles the challenge to deliver sustainable construction, operate ethically and address issues known to be underlying causes of climate change.

Simon Richards, head of sustainability at Sir Robert McAlpine, said: “As individuals, we are passionate about the work that we do and delivering quality projects for our clients, yet the impact that our industry has on the environment and society cannot be ignored, Climate Change being a prime example.

“It is collectively our responsibility to address this, and this strategy gives our people and projects a framework to do so proactively and collaboratively with our supply chain partners and the wider construction industry. 

“We all have a role to play, our strategy emphasises our skills and expertise to take up the challenge and lead on embedding change, making a meaningful, lasting difference.”

The sustainability strategy will focus on four key areas:

Becoming net-zero carbon

Sir Robert McAlpine is focusing on reducing emissions through carbon reduction initiatives implemented across the business and industry collaborations resulting in year on year reduction in carbon emissions and achieving net-zero carbon emissions within five years.

The Carbon Trust will provide third-party certification to validate the claims.

Resource efficiency

Year on year reduction of construction waste, maximising resource efficiency and applying circular economy principles in the delivery of projects. Achieved through the implementation of modern methods of construction, modularisation, offsite construction, as well as collaboration across the industry.

Ethical procurement

Increasing the transparency of supply chains to ensure services are ethically sourced, and improving the responsible sourcing of building materials to minimise the impact on the environment.

Social value

Year on year increase of social value delivered across the company’s operations. A partnership with the Social Profit Calculator allows the business to set targets, forecast, monitor and improve the social value delivered by each project.

A core driver of our ambition to be the best place to work, the best builder and the best business, the new strategy constitutes a veritable culture change in the way we approach sustainability.

The result is a sustainability framework with the flexibility to allow for targets that are specific and adapted to each project.

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