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Headline Commitments Key
Reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 emissions by 11% by 2025 (using a 2016 baseline)
Reduce absolute scope 3 emissions by 9% by 2023 (using a 2016 baseline)
Drive additional scope 3 reductions by requiring sub-contractors (representing 70% of spend) to set Science Based Targets by 2025

Science Based Target

Advocacy & Influence

As the UK’s leading construction and regeneration group, we take our advocacy role seriously. Because of the size and value of our upstream supply chain and downstream public and private sector client base, we are in a unique position to be able to educate and inform our stakeholders about the part they can play in tackling climate change.

We were the first construction company in the UK to have our science based targets for emissions reduction scrutinised and approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. Our own performance in carbon management is reflected in our ranking in CDP disclosures, to which we report annually on climate (A-), water and forest. As well as reducing scope 1 and 2 emissions, we’re developing a programme of actions and incentives to help our suppliers understand more about their own role in emissions reduction.

Reducing scope 3 emissions presents both a challenge and an opportunity. The construction industry’s supply chain is responsible for a significant percentage of the total carbon footprint of the built environment, so if we can help suppliers to understand more about measuring, managing and reducing emissions, our overall positive impact will be much more significant than purely our Group’s own scope 1 and 2 reductions. For this reason, we are working with large and small suppliers and subcontractors to help them reduce their own emissions. We’re asking suppliers to provide us with their own scope 1 and 2 data, while encouraging them to set their own Science Based Targets; providing support and guidance when they need it.