Reporting Boundary: Loughton head office
Emission sources: electricity, T&D losses, natural gas, water, and vehicle fleet
Reporting Period: 1 Jan 2019 –31 Dec 2019
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Higgins Construction, one of the most forward-thinking construction companies in the UK, has achieved Planet Mark certification.
This is Higgins Construction’s 9th year of business carbon footprint reporting. They first calculated the carbon footprint of their office and fleet for the year ending December 2011 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.
Higgins Construction’s total location-based carbon footprint for the year ending December 2019 was 488.0 tCO2e, a decrease of 15.1% from the year ending 2018. The relative location-based carbon footprint was 4.1 tCO2e per employee, an increase of 29.0% compared to the year ending 2018. Their total market-based carbon was 429.6 tCO2e, a decrease of 25.3% from the year ending 2018.
The carbon saved by Higgins this year is the equivalent of over 780,000 miles driven in an average car.
“The progress Higgins Construction has made this year is incredible. It takes an undeniable amount of graft and determination to make such impressive strides. The sector is such an important battleground in the fight against climate change, and I can only hope more companies take Higgins’ progressive approach in cutting carbon. I commend the team for all of its hard work – it has truly paid off.”
Higgins Construction is a business that is committed to building better, stronger, safer and more sustainable communities. The company has created several initiatives that will help continually reduce its carbon footprint and improve its sustainability. These include recycling or reusing materials wherever possible on job sites, reducing energy and water use throughout the construction process, and complying with all the requirements of our ISO 14001 accreditation. Higgins is also a member of the Considerate Construction Scheme membership which helps promote on-site responsibility to lessen the impacts of construction on local communities.
The construction industry is one of the largest polluters in the United Kingdom, with the built environment being responsible for nearly 20% of the nation’s carbon emissions. Sweeping changes must be made to the industry in the face of climate change, from on-site practice to creating sustainable and circular supply chains. As well as producing sustainable buildings, clients are increasingly demanding sustainable supply chains and internal logistics. A robust carbon reduction policy is becoming essential in client acquisition and retention in the sector.
As part of the Planet Mark certification, Higgins Construction has committed to make a year-on-year reduction.