Willmott Dixon chief: sustainability is a lasting legacy

4 September 2017

Willmott Dixon chief executive Rick Willmott is calling on construction firms to do more to cut carbon dioxide emissions.

The firm released its latest sustainability report which shows that it cut emissions by 13% last year, achieving a 40% reduction compared with the company’s baseline year of 2010. 

The reductions have been the result of Willmott Dixon focusing its efforts on tackling emissions in which the company has direct control, such as purchasing electricity from renewable sources and finding ways to reduce emissions from transport and construction activities. 

The builder is also addressing emissions generated by the supply chain that it has influence over, so-called Scope 3 emissions. 

“I have no doubt that our sustainability achievements have played an increasingly important role when it comes to winning work,” said Willmott.

“Any company committed to leaving a lasting legacy in the built environment must view carbon management as a key focus area.”

Since 2012, Willmott Dixon has calculated its unavoidable emissions and offset them by purchasing credits in projects which are reducing carbon emissions by an equivalent amount. This means the company is certified as carbon neutral.

Willmott said: “With around half of the UK’s carbon emissions coming from the construction and operation of buildings, we must strive to find less carbon-intensive ways to operate as an industry. And this includes getting better at building energy-efficient buildings, which will stand up to the more extreme temperatures we can expect in the coming decades.”

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