Working towards self-sustainability
Sustainability is now an essential component to a company’s long-term success. In 2017 the government launched the first of several sector deals as part of the Industrial Strategy. The deal was set out with the aim to half greenhouse gas emissions in the industry by 2025 – a significant commitment considering that around 33% of UK carbon emissions come from the built environment.
Within the industry today, there is a clear appetite to intensify action on sustainability and it’s positive to see that clean growth is now the core objective with an increased focus on energy and resource productivity. However, these aims require long-term effort and consistency if we are to achieve the set goals by 2025.
The five-year plan
At dormakaba, we are committed to building our sustainability strategy in line with the tightening standards. Looking at the data, we understand that our two main sources of CO2 emissions are through our fleet and energy consumption. Our five-year strategy document sets out how we aspire to reduce the company’s fuel and energy consumption.
Our initial area of focus is our fleet. In the next five years we aim to transfer as much as possible of our fleet of cars to be entirely run on electric. Reducing carbon in electricity generation is the fastest way to reduce emissions and ensure our economy is clean and strong.
To implement a successful transfer to electric cars it is integral that the correct infrastructure is in place, at the moment there are around 14-15,000 charging points in the UK and around 70% of charging takes place at home or work. As such, part of our five-year plan is to introduce charging points at both our main sites, in Hitching and Tiverton. Additionally, we would like to encourage staff, who drive as a regular part of their commute, to migrate to electric cars. As such, we have been investigating all possible incentives and promotions which might aid our staff to have the opportunity to transfer to electric cars.
To combat our second focus – energy consumption – we are recognising the importance of maximising the value we extract from our resources. In a bid to move towards complete self-sustainability, our five-year plan incorporates a renewable business option to ensure all energy coming into the business is renewable and sustainable. Secondary resources are imperative if the industry is to move to a circular economy. As such, we are also keeping a close eye on all possible applications for renewable energy, including solar energy and storage, to try and get as close to being off-grid as possible.
As the construction industry is called on to reduce its carbon emissions, we must strive to find less carbon-intensive ways to operate as a business. Companies must take direct control in order to have a profound impact on the effect of excessive carbon emissions. Any company committed to changing the impact of the construction industry must view carbon management as a key focus.