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Kier targets ‘net zero’ by 2045

13 October 2020
Kier has trialled a range-extended electric ‘incident response’ vehicle as part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions within the business

Kier has announced plans to achieve net zero carbon across its own operations and its supply chain by 2045.

In its new sustainability framework, Building for a Sustainable World, Kier also unveiled plans to eliminate avoidable waste by 2035 and become single-use plastic free by 2030.

Chief executive Andrew Davies will be the contractor’s executive committee sustainability lead, with a series of six working groups organised within the business to tackle: pollution prevention; responsible sourcing’; carbon impact; zero waste; and protection of habitats and natural resources.

Kier claims to have already reduced its carbon emissions intensity by 50% since 2014 and set out plans to review and further reduce them, using renewable energy and alternative fuels where possible. It will offset any residual emissions using “credible schemes”.

Davies said: “The framework is about setting realistic goals and targets, and putting clear plans in place to achieve them. It aligns with our strategic plan and culture of performance excellence by introducing a consistent approach to sustainability across the group. Being sustainable is more important than it’s ever been, and to have a sustainable business is to have a resilient, purpose-driven business.”

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