Real estate, facilities management and construction

VolkerWessels UK

VolkerWessels UK brings together six operating companies across multi-disciplinary projects, whilst also providing commercial and back office support. With a long history of success through hard work, innovation and excellence, VolkerWessels has taken the challenge of sustainability head on.
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Highlights

Measure

Total carbon footprint

Reporting Boundary: VolkerFitzpatrick,
VolkerRail, VolkerStevin, VolkerHighways and
VolkerLaser; supported by VolkerServices

Emission sources: Natural gas, on-site fuels, fleet, electricity, water, waste, business travel, hotel stays, wood, aggregates, asphalt, concrete, steel, paper consumption

Reporting Period: 01 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2020

58,738.0 tCO2e

Total carbon footprint per employee

17.7 tCO2e

Absolute carbon reduction

-16.4%

Absolute carbon reduction per employee

-22.4%

Engage

FTE employees

We engage our employees and wider stakeholders to unlock their talent and knowledge to drive year on year progress in sustainability.

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Communicate

UN Sustainable Development Goals

We recognise that transparent communication is essential for transformational change and we quantifiably contribute to 9 SDG’s.

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Certification story

VolkerWessels UK, a construction firm that is focused on the design, development, realisation, and management of construction projects, has achieved certification to Planet Mark. 

VolkerWessels UK’s total carbon footprint was 73,510.1 tCO2e in the year ending December 2019. The relative carbon footprint in the year ending 31 December 2019 was 44.08 tCO2e per million pound of revenue, a decrease of 9.8%. The carbon footprint increased by 8.2%.  

This is VolkerWessels UK’s ninth year of business carbon footprint reporting to Planet Mark. This year’s carbon footprint includes emissions from natural gas, on site fuels, fleet, electricity, water, waste, business travel, hotel stays, cement, aggregates, timber, and paper consumption. 

Emissions are reported for all VolkerWessels UK business units, namely VolkerFitzpatrick, VolkerHighways, VolkerRail, VolkerStevin, and VolkerLaser. The firm has also expanded its measurement this year to include emissions from certain aggregates, asphalt, and concrete material suppliers. 

Steve Malkin
CEO
Planet Mark
“It is pleasing to see VolkerWessels UK continue in its sustainability journey. It is clear that sustainable values have been embedded throughout the organisation, and the all encompassing carbon footprint measurements are evidence of this. The increased efficiency in the work conducted by the company is fantastic, and I hope to continue to witness its sustainability journey.”

Certification story

Certification to Planet Mark is based on the commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability within its business operations by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint and engaging its stakeholders. 

VolkerWessels is focused on limiting its negative impact on the living environment, or turning it into a positive impact. The company focuses its sustainability in three areas: health, the natural environment and work and social activities. This means that efforts to minimise CO2 emissions, reuse resources and use alternative materials are combined with health and wellbeing outcomes for its team and for the occupiers of the buildings it designs. VolkerWessels is committed to making the 2020s a Decade of Action by setting a flexible, agile and empowering structure for the organisation. 


The built environment is a key battleground in the fight for a sustainable world. The sector is responsible for 34% of the UK’s carbon emissions and it is imperative that the sector begins to eliminate its emissions if we are to reach the ambition of the Paris Agreement. Low carbon construction is foreseeable, realistic and a potentially cost-effective means of combating climate change, and companies in the industry must begin to act for a low-carbon future. 

Future targets

Reduce carbon footprint by 5% annually

As part of the Planet Mark certification, VolkerWessels has committed to make a year-on-year reduction.

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