Four BMF members are amongst the latest cohort of companies to become Zero Carbon Business Champions within the Construction Leadership Council’s CO2nstruct Zero programme.
Cemex, Harlow Timber Group, Robert Price and Saint Gobain Interior Solutions, join 27 other BMF members as Business Champions, part of a total group of over 90 construction industry companies now working within the CLC programme.
CO2nstructZero facilitates collaboration between construction companies that are demonstrating initiative in relation to carbon reduction, sharing their good practice with others from across the sector, and providing a set of metrics that enables the industry, quarterly, to collectively measure its progress to net zero.
Cemex was recognised for its ongoing efforts to be a net zero operation by 2050 in line with its Future in Action strategy. The company has signed up to the Global Cement and Concrete Association’s net zero roadmap and their 2030 targets have been validated through the Science Based Targets Initiative. They have already reached a milestone 41 per cent reduction in the CO2 emissions generated by Cemex’s European cement business in 2022, compared to the 1990 baseline.
As well as ensuring that all timber sourced is responsibly produced and sustainably managed, Harlow Timber Group has focused on improving energy efficiency and environmental management within its operations. They have already achieved FORS Silver accreditation recognising their progress in reducing fuel consumption and minimising environmental impact. They are moving away from diesel forklifts, replacing them with electric platforms and lithium powered forklift trucks. Solar panels have also been installed across their branch network.
Builders’ merchant Robert Price is streamlining its own transport logistics, upgrading its fleet and improving uptake of paperless billing. They have also taken action to overcome a major challenge faced by the industry at large due to the lack of knowledge around sustainability products. To combat this hey have created their own “Sustainable Energy Centre”. This in-house showroom and training academy showcases a wide range of specialist products for decarbonisation in construction, providing specialist training to installers and specifiers. The SEC has already hosted over 7,000 hours of training and 1,500 hours of product awareness training as a learning centre solution for the whole supply chain.
Saint-Gobain Interior Solutions has committed to achieve Net Zero Carbon by 2050, with a steering group of Exec and senior leaders and 15 “sustainability ambassador” colleagues from different functions across the business supporting the development and deployment of targets and action plans to reach their objectives under five pillars. They are taking actions to reduce energy, water and waste from operations, increase the use of alternative fuels and transport efficiency, reduce embodied carbon, and promote a circular economy. They also have a dedicated Retrofit and Refurbishment sector team focused on supporting R&R and social housing projects with systems and solutions enabling lower carbon footprint and higher thermal performance.