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
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VolkerWessels UK, a multi-disciplinary civil engineering and construction group providing integrated engineering solutions, has achieved Planet Mark certification.
This is VolkerWessels UK’s tenth year of business carbon footprint reporting and Planet Mark certification. Since certifying to Planet Mark, the company has set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.
VolkerWessels UK’s total carbon footprint in the year ending December 2020 was 58,738 tCO2e, a reduction of 16%. VolkerWessels UK’s total carbon per employee in the year ending 2020 was 17.7 tCO2e, a reduction of 22%.
VolkerWessels UK’s carbon reduction this year is the same amount of carbon used by over 2,000 homes in a year.
“VolkerWessels has been on its own decade of climate action. A long-standing partner of Planet Mark, VolkerWessels UK has recorded another excellent year of results, slashing its carbon by nearly one sixth. The company is dedicated not only to reducing its own emissions, but to leading on sustainability in its industry. The team has a longstanding commitment to climate action, and it is a joy to work alongside them to achieve their goals.”
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.
As part of the Planet Mark certification, VolkerWessels has committed to making a year-on-year reduction.