Scotts has announced it has received its first Carbon Footprinting certification from Go Climate Positive, a provider of carbon management and offsetting services.
It explained that it is the only timber engineering business to receive a Go Climate Positive’s certification, and has been found to be achieving a third less carbon intensity than others in its industry.
James Scott, managing director of Scotts, said: “Going through this process of certification has taken a lot of time and attention to detail to truly understand where the main carbon impacts are in our business.
“The good news is that we are a timber-focused business – and working with sustainably sourced, PEFC-certified wood and promoting more use of timber in construction and the built environment is a sure way of boosting our green credentials. Timber is the only truly renewable building material and for every tonne of timber used in our buildings instead of concrete, another two tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions are saved.
“The bad news is that we still generate a net carbon footprint of over 6,000 tonnes of carbon a year, so we need to find new ways to reduce that further.”
Some of the actions it has taken include; eliminating oil usage, by instead using any waste wood in its new biomass boiler at its Thrapston headquarters to provide heating for the office, and investing in solar panels for its Redditch site.
Scotts Timber Engineering is also working on developing new timber carports that provide solar-powered charging for electric vehicles and is looking to transition to an all-electric fleet for staff.
Scott added: “We believe that reducing our carbon footprint is not only good for the planet but also good for our business, as it helps us improve our efficiency, reduce our costs and enhance our reputation. We look forward to working with Go Climate Positive to monitor our progress and achieve our reduction targets.”