Kier Strategic Projects has achieved the Carbon Trust Standard for Carbon for the first time and is one of only three contractors in the construction sector to achieve this. The Carbon Trust Standard recognises businesses and organisations that are taking real action on climate change by reducing their own carbon emissions year on year.
As part of the certification process, Kier Strategic Projects was required to demonstrate how it is taking measures to reduce its carbon across the organisation. Examples of this included a concrete batching plant located on site at RAF Lakenheath which has reduced vehicle movements to the project by 40%.
Similarly, at HMP Five Wells, a £253m new build prison at Wellingborough, offsite manufacture is reducing on-site labour by a third compared with traditional construction, including all associated travel implications to site. The facility features solar panels that will generate 8,658 KWH of renewable energy once in use and Kier was able to reuse 80,000 tonnes of material from the demolition of existing buildings.
James Hindes, managing director at Kier Strategic Projects, said: “This is a fantastic milestone in our journey to becoming a sustainable business. We’re experiencing a growing demand from our clients to reduce our environmental impact and it’s now great to be able to demonstrate our commitment to achieving net zero carbon across our operations by 2045.”
Hugh Jones, managing director at the Carbon Trust Advisory said: “Kier has demonstrated it is at the forefront of the industry by being one of the few contractors in the construction sector to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard for Carbon. In doing this, it has shown its commitment to delivering significant steps towards a net zero future.”
Kier Strategic Projects delivers some of the most complex building projects in the UK, such as laboratories and custodial facilities, typically ranging from £35m - £250m+. Specialising in the use of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) and leading the way in digital technologies, the certification from the Carbon Trust enhances Strategic Projects’ already award-winning capabilities and comes after the launch of Kier’s sustainability framework – Building for a Sustainable World.