Morgan Sindall Group plc is celebrating having more than halved its carbon emissions over six years and has been certified for this achievement by Achilles Carbon Emissions Management and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS). The Group is the first company to have received a gold certificate which is awarded to companies which achieve six successive years of carbon auditing by Achilles. Morgan Sindall recognises the impact carbon emissions have on climate change, so carbon reduction as a strategic objective is critical to its sustainable business model.

The Achilles CEMARS auditors verified that the Group has consistently reduced its carbon footprint year on year and by 54% since 2010, with 9.1% in 2015 alone, repeatedly exceeding this environmental target. In 2010, it set a carbon reduction target of 20% by 2015 and achieved 54%. Similarly in 2015 it aimed to reduce carbon by 5% but actually achieved 9.1%.

The absolute carbon figures were:

2015 = 34,217.51 tonnes CO2e
2014 = 37,626.61 tonnes CO2e
2010 = 63,741.97 tonnes CO2e (baseline year)

The company has achieved this impressive carbon reduction through a range of measures, including:

• Careful transport management and logistics planning on projects to minimise wagon movements
• Procuring and specifying energy efficient plant and equipment on projects, such as pumps, ventilation, lighting and heating
• Using hybrid generators and excavators
• Supplying fuel efficient and low carbon company cars, including hybrids
• Reducing the need to travel by promoting the use of public transport, car sharing, Lync calls and video conferencing company-wide
• Encouraging good driver behaviour through installing Visual Display Units on dashboards which immediately alert a driver when he or she is engaging in fuel-inefficient behaviour such as excessive braking or idling
• Routinely engaging with customers and suppliers to assess and address options in which the company can assist in reducing the energy impact of the assets built, on a project by project basis
• Incentivising good driver behaviour
• Holding regular awareness raising Sustainability Days in 2015 which focused on how employees could do their bit to reduce fuel and electricity use

Graham Edgell, Morgan Sindall Group director of procurement and sustainability said: “We have shown a real commitment to making reductions in carbon emissions and have succeeded in embedding low carbon ways of working across the divisions.

“Achilles’ assessments are both independent and very rigorous, meaning that there is no scope for ‘greenwashing’. We have not only met, but exceeded the targets we have set ourselves and I have no doubt that we will continue to drive environmental improvements. ”

Fareita Udoh, Head of Carbon Programme at Achilles, said: “CEMARS is one of the most rigorous and respected carbon standards in the world, so achieving accreditation six years running makes Morgan Sindall Group a role model in carbon reduction – for the programme, and the infrastructure sector as a whole.”