CEMARS data released by Achilles, reveals Morgan Sindall Group plc to have reduced its carbon emissions by 54% over the last year, contributing to an overall reduction of 30% collectively by almost 30 of the UK’s leading infrastructure companies - the equivalent carbon emissions generated by more than 700,000 return passenger trips from Heathrow to JFK New York.

Twenty nine large companies from across the construction, rail, utilities, manufacturing and public sectors have saved a total of 8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents year on year over the last six years, by following a systematic carbon reduction programme.

Results were reported, and independently verified, via the Carbon & Energy Management and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS) – one of the world’s most rigorous carbon reduction programmes. The achievement was revealed as more than 80 countries ratified the Paris Agreement – the international agreement to reduce emissions and global warming. The agreement is due to come into force on November 6.

Jay Katzen, Chief Executive of Achilles which holds the licence to run CEMARS in the UK, said: “In a landmark week, when the Paris Agreement will be coming into force and carbon reduction is hitting headlines across the world, UK infrastructure companies have proven themselves to be global role models in responsible and sustainable business.

“On average, the companies participating in the CEMARS programme have reduced absolute carbon emissions by just over 30%, over the last six years. That is a great achievement in any industry – but particularly infrastructure, which is traditionally energy-intensive. Achilles is extremely proud to have supported their carbon reduction efforts.”

Graham Edgell, the Group’s Director of Sustainability and Procurement, said: “Achilles’ assessments are both independent and rigorous, meaning there is no scope for ‘greenwashing’. As a result of CEMARS, Morgan Sindall Group can now identify new ways to reduce carbon emissions and have made reductions though a range of measures. Morgan Sindall Group has succeeded in embedding low-carbon ways of working across all divisions. We have not only met, but exceeded the targets we have set ourselves, and I have no doubt we will continue to drive environmental improvements.”