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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.”