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Low Emission Micro Turbines

Published 6 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Minimised fuel use Sustainable solutions

On their White City Living project, St James have been using modular micro turbines as a semi-permanent power supply. This power supply emits low levels of NOx emissions and high levels of oxygen (17 -18% oxygen rich). It is compliant with the EU’s Medium Combustion Plant and Non-Road Mobile Machinery Directives which regulate harmful emissions. It also goes beyond compliance…

Donating Supplies to the Men’s Shed Association

Published 6 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesGoodwill Re-use Recycle Reduce Residents Sustainable solutions

On their Alness Academy project, Kier have been collecting the paper-towels used at wash basins and donating them to their local Men’s Shed Association. Men’s Shed Associations are community spaces that bring people together for craft-work and social interaction. They use equipment provided by the site to convert the used towels into fire logs and distribute them to the local community.

Cardboard Tree Guards

Published 6 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPlanting Recycle Reduce Sustainable solutions Trees

The HS2 project aims to plant up to seven million trees along their Phase One Route. An issue presented by this aim is the amount of plastic tree guards that will be needed. Fusion have estimated that 39,000 tree guards will be used between October 2019 to March 2020. Due to the amount of plastic that may end up in…

Electric Forklift Truck

Published 6 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHybrid/electric plant Minimised fuel use Reduce Sustainable solutions

On their White Rose View project, RG Group have been using an electric forklift truck. This is charged via solar panels which are placed on an area of green space within the site. The electric forklift truck has been on site for a number of months now and will remain until the project is complete.

Trees for Life

Published 17 December 2019 | Written by Raffaella Puricelli
CategoriesAir quality Carbon offsetting Landscaping Planting Trees Wildlife

The Urmston Leisure Centre team planted 45 trees with the carbon offsetting initiative Trees for Life. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) recommends 30,000 hectares of woodland should be planted every year in the UK, and this may even need to rise to 50,000 hectares if other carbon reduction targets are not achieved. Planting trees helps to tackle climate change,…

Driving Green Construction with E-cars and Hybrid Plant

Published 2 December 2019 | Written by Jerome O'Sullivan
CategoriesEnergy saving measures Hybrid/electric plant Minimised fuel use Reduce Sustainable solutions Travel plans

As part of our ISO50001:2018 certified Energy Management System, Roadbridge is rolling out full battery powered electric vehicles (EV) and the supply of smart EV charging points across our larger construction sites and Regional Offices in Ireland. The installed Smart EV charger points (supplied by Gocharge.ie) have the ability to instantly respond and use less power if the grid becomes…

Allowing Operatives to Invest in Environmental Projects

Published 2 December 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCarbon offsetting Goodwill work

The site is operating a carbon offset scheme whereby plant operators are given the opportunity to invest in environmental projects. Weekly carbon outputs are prepared by the plant operators, and using a carbon footprint calculator an equivalent number of trees are planted in the region to offset it. This initiative has helped Wates balance out their carbon footprint.

SMA Made From Recycled Tyres

Published 2 December 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesGreen purchasing Re-use Supply chain Sustainable solutions

The site team piloted ‘Rubber SMA’ on a length of road to enable it to be tested prior to general release. This new surfacing material is more flexible and reduces road noise due to its density and can be laid warm. The client had identified a challenge regarding the disposal of old tyres. However, the new surfacing material has helped…


Published 11 November 2019 | Written by James Morfitt
CategoriesRe-use Recycle Reduce Report to company level Water saving measures

At John Sisk & Son, we use a web based platform called SmartWaste, which enables all of our projects to measure, report and manage waste generated on our construction sites, whether these waste materials are retained, re-used on site, or sent for recycling/ processing. Site Managers and Environmental Managers will understand exactly what waste materials are being generated from project…

Lightbulb moment to help save the planet

Published 11 November 2019 | Written by Dan Ambrose
CategoriesEnergy saving measures Minimised energy use Sustainable solutions

Kier is committed to minimising its impact on the environment and has introduced several initiatives in its main site offices on the A13 Road Widening Project to help reduce its carbon footprint. Once such idea involved switching halogen and sodium bulbs in the main site offices (a former car showroom) to LED technology and installing infra-red sensors to ensure that…

Carbon Footprint Offset

Published 4 November 2019 | Written by andrea lilly
CategoriesAir quality Carbon footprint reporting Carbon offsetting Energy efficient accommodation Energy saving measures Minimised energy use Minimised fuel use

P&W have estimated the carbon footprint for the Burnholme Care Home using data from a previous but very similar project to construct a 59 bed care home. Our target was a reduction of the estimated 184 tonnes of CO2 used at our Hedon project. How Welfare units include the following features – push taps, PIR lighting, timed heaters Turn off…

Offset Earth

Published 21 October 2019 | Written by Amy Barlow
CategoriesCarbon offsetting Planting Trees

Following on from the Spotlight on… plastics and packaging campaign and given the current climate emergency, along with the media coverage of the climate strikes and Greta Thunberg’s iconic speech at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York last week, BCR decided to look into carbon offsetting through tree planting schemes and we came across Offset Earth. Offset Earth…

Carbon Neutral REGO Green Energy Tariff

Published 15 October 2019 | Written by Magdalena Andres
CategoriesCarbon offsetting Green purchasing Reduce Sustainable solutions

Since 2017 and throughout 2019, all CVB sites and offices have switched to a carbon neutral “Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin” (REGO) backed energy supply. REGO certificates certify that the energy supplied has been produced from 100% renewable sources (wind, solar, geothermal, tidal, etc. and does not include nuclear). Procuring electricity though a REGO certified tariff enables CVB to report…

Use of Local Resources Policy

Published 15 October 2019 | Written by Amy Barlow
CategoriesBusinesses Suppliers

We have produced a ‘Use of Local Resources’ policy to outline our stance on investing within the local community that we are working in. The policy has been included within our policy handbooks and is displayed on all of our sites. Contributing to the local community will create goodwill and using local suppliers can leave a lasting positive impression. Residents…

Alternative Power Source for Site Compound

Published 11 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Energy efficient accommodation Energy saving measures Post-completion impact

For the duration of the project, the site has established a site compound, welfare area and site offices on Endeavour Wharf within the tourist centre of Whitby. The compound’s power supply is a mains connection of approximate 56kVA capacity which provides a stable, reliable supply of energy and has the added benefit of reducing noise and carbon emissions compared to…