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Carbon Offsetting and Environmental Legacy

Published 9 March 2020 | Written by Nathan Calderwood
CategoriesAir quality Goodwill work Planting Reporting and offsetting Trees

As a project team, we discussed what we could do, over and above the ‘norm’, to leave an environmental legacy. Having looked at various options for this, we decided to support the Scottish Woodland Trust by dedicating a quarter of an acre of woodland in an area east of the city. Not only did we feel that supporting the Woodland…

Eco Welfare

Published 9 March 2020 | Written by Victoria Chater-Lea
CategoriesCanteen Carbon management Changing Drying Efficient energy use Efficient fuel use Energy efficient accommodation Energy saving measures Laundering Monitoring and reporting Sustainable procurement Sustainable solutions Toilets

Typically, mobile welfare facilities on site are powered by diesel generators and generate carbon emissions when in use. The mobile eco welfare cabin used on one of the projects at Ferrovial Agroman’s Heathrow site uses a hybrid diesel and solar system resulting in much lower carbon emissions. Roughly, 88% of the time the welfare cabin is in use, it runs…

Earning the Carbon Literacy Trust Accreditation

Published 24 February 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCarbon management Efficient energy use Energy saving measures Reduce Sustainable solutions

Galliford Try have been accredited as a Carbon Literate organisation by the Carbon Literacy Trust. Carbon Literacy is defined as ‘An awareness of the carbon costs and impacts of everyday activities and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organisational basis’. Accreditation was achieved by delivering a training programme to their staff and supply chain…

Solar Welfare Van

Published 24 February 2020 | Written by James Morfitt
CategoriesAir quality Efficient energy use Efficient fuel use Energy efficient accommodation Energy saving measures Implementation Sustainable procurement Sustainable solutions Vehicle enhancements

The Leeds projects have incorporated the latest Nixon Hire solar welfare van. The welfare van is environmentally friendly by offering: Solar Panels Low CO2 Emissions Silent run time Less oil use With such a large fleet of vans available, it made sense for us to investigate how solar power could reduce emission output and increase the efficiency of the vehicle’s…

Use of Electrical Powered Vehicle

Published 24 February 2020 | Written by Emma Gibson
CategoriesEfficient fuel use Hybrid/electric plant Reduce

The project team delivering the fit-out of units at Skypark in Glasgow City Centre, use an Electrical Powered Vehicle for transporting materials, tools and personnel around the site. This is environmentally friendly as it is electric and is charged on site. It is also beneficial for looking after the workforce by transporting their tools to the working area.

Prototype Pyrolysis Plant

Published 10 February 2020 | Written by Trish Schroeder
CategoriesEnergy saving measures Environmental policy promoted Implementation Re-use Recycle Sustainable solutions

This company has a policy to bring environmental/ecological benefit to the area and natural environment whenever appropriate. The Environment Agency have announced that they will be classifying all demolition wood arising from projects as “hazardous waste” with effect from July 2020, unless proven otherwise. The company know this will create a real problem for the demolition and construction industry, so…

Carbon Management in Infrastructure Projects

Published 3 February 2020 | Written by Bekki Lancaster
CategoriesCarbon management Management Management policy and planning Policy Reduce

Ferrovial Agroman has recently achieved PAS 2080:2016 certification through Heathrow Projects, the world’s first specification for managing whole-life carbon in infrastructure. The infrastructure sector is responsible for a significant amount of carbon emissions annually, with the UK Government setting ambitious reduction targets, it is essential to implement a framework for evaluating and managing carbon across the whole infrastructure value chain….

Time Clock Controlled Mains Water Supply

Published 3 February 2020 | Written by Patrick Smith
CategoriesFlooding Reduce Sustainable solutions Water saving measures

The City Gate House project team installed a series of water efficiency measures (as part of the temporary services package) to reduce water consumption during construction. This included a time clock control on the mains site water meter, with a solenoid valve switching off the water supply to the entire site during non-working hours. This eliminates the risk of leaks…

Low Emission Micro Turbines

Published 6 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Efficient 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…

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
CategoriesEfficient fuel use Hybrid/electric plant 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 Landscaping Planting Reporting and offsetting 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 Electric Cars and Hybrid Plant

Published 2 December 2019 | Written by Jerome O'Sullivan
CategoriesEfficient fuel use Energy saving measures Hybrid/electric plant 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…


Published 11 November 2019 | Written by James Morfitt
CategoriesRe-use Recycle Reduce 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…