Improving the environment

We lead on climate change, within our sector and beyond.

 

Already, the Group has achieved a 64% reduction in carbon emissions (Scope 1, 2 and operational Scope 3) since 2010, and our carbon intensity – the amount of carbon emitted per £m revenue - has been cut by 75% over the same period. We have set ourselves an ambitious target of net zero by 2030 and we are on track to meet it. Any residual carbon will be offset not abroad, but in the UK, in independently audited projects we will help manage.

We have been independently recognised for our leadership by organisations such as CDP, getting an A score both for our leadership on climate change, and our engagement of our supply chain. We were one of the first companies in the world to gain accreditation by the Science-Based Targets Initiative and for over a decade our emissions figures have been independently audited by Achilles, under the Carbon Reduce scheme.

2020 highlights

A
Score for leadership on climate change from CDP*

Reduction in carbon emissions from vehicle fleet

Waste diverted from landfill

A
Score for leadership on climate change from CDP*

Reduction in carbon emissions from vehicle fleet

Waste diverted from landfill

The international not-for-profit that drives environmental disclosure to manage environmental impacts

Decarbonising construction

The construction industry has a vital role to play in reducing the carbon in its operations. We take a whole lifecycle approach to every project, seeking to minimise the carbon that goes into a build in terms of materials and methods, and the carbon that will be used to heat, cool and maintain a structure.

When we build a new home, upgrade a railway station or design a life sciences research facility, we seek to do so with the lightest footprint possible. For us it is about more that getting a green stamp of approval, it is simply the right thing to do. We employ the very latest building techniques to ensure that our structures and buildings are environmentally sound, minimising waste and water use and often even delivering a net gain in terms of improved biodiversity or cleaner air.

We are innovating to mobilise action on carbon. Our initiatives include an internal carbon charge to encourage project managers to minimise the carbon and a tool enabling them to measure and calculate the carbon within a project.

Installing a precast facade.

Our 2020 performance

Reduction in carbon emissions from vehicle fleet against 2016 baseline*

 

*2020 figures impacted by COVID-19

2019: 6%

Reduction in Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions against 2016 baseline

 

 

2019: 13%

Total waste diverted from landfill

 

 

2019: 95%

Reduction in carbon emissions from vehicle fleet against 2016 baseline*

 

*2020 figures impacted by COVID-19

2019: 6%

Reduction in Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions against 2016 baseline

 

 

2019: 13%

Total waste diverted from landfill

 

 

2019: 95%

Building a Passive House

On demand, we can create buildings that meet the very highest environmental standards, using the latest technologies and techniques. One such is the Passive House standard. Recognising that much of the carbon embodied in a building is the fuel used to heat, cool and run it, this standard uses techniques such as superinsulation, airtight envelopes and high performance windows, combined with mechanical ventilation to keep the temperature inside these properties warm and air refreshed. Design, engineering and project delivery company BakerHicks is sponsoring its designers to pass the exams required to be able to design these kinds of high performance buildings, and Passive House buildings are already also being built by Morgan Sindall Construction and Muse Developments.

Number of additional heating and cooling systems required in a Passive House

Heating and cooling savings compared to conventional buildings

1988
Year 'Passivehaus' standard developed

 

Calculating carbon

Changing how we build demands new tools to help visualise, track and measure carbon at all stages of a project. Morgan Sindall has developed its own in-house carbon calculator, CarboniCa. It will enable project and site managers, as well as planners, clients and partners, to monitor the whole-life emissions of a structure. An intelligent tool, it can also suggest where alternative, lower-carbon construction methods or materials could be used. Initially rolled out across our divisions, the carbon calculator will also be offered to our supply chain partners to help them see and tackle the carbon along our supply chain.