Lovell carbon-cutting programme secures CEMARS accreditation

Affordable housing developer Lovell, as part of parent company Morgan Sindall Group, has been awarded certification to the internationally-recognised, ISO accredited CEMARS (Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme) standard by the Achilles carbon reduction programme.

The independent accreditation is an important demonstration of Lovell's sustainability credentials and continuing commitment to measuring, managing and reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.

"Over the past three years, emissions across Morgan Sindall Group have been cut by 28 per cent and at Lovell by 33% through the ongoing carbon reduction strategy," says Lovell sustainability co-ordinator Alice Flint. "We are delivering on our commitment to working sustainably, at the same time as achieving significant cost savings. Gaining the CEMARS certification underlines these achievements and demonstrates that the measurement and management of our operational carbon footprint complies fully with international best practice. The process involves the independent auditing of our data and reporting and gives us the means to track our continuing progress in reducing emissions."

Lovell, as part of Morgan Sindall Group, has set itself targets of 5% year-on-year reduction in carbon emissions vs. baseline of 2010, and a 26% reduction by 2020 on 2010 baseline as part of its ongoing emissions reduction plan with the focus on three areas: fuel consumption by the vehicle fleet, the use of gas oil on projects and electricity consumption.