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Reducing Emissions for Tool Delivery

Published 8 August 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMinimised fuel use Travel plans

Any attempts to reduce carbon emissions are hugely helpful towards protecting the environment. Finding ways to reduce transportation can be beneficial for many reasons including cutting back on carbon emissions and fuel. The below example shows how one site achieved this: Tool hire company vehicle travel distances are avoided by the use of the e-pod facility which is set up in…


Waste Transfer Station

Published 3 August 2016 | Written by Katja Behrendt
CategoriesRecycle Workforce

A dedicated recycling area is in place at the head office to support construction sites in segregating waste. Caged tippers transport waste from sites to the area where it is being sorted into more than twenty different waste streams. The information on tonnages is then provided to the sites on a monthly basis and displayed accordingly to further encourage re-use…


Obtaining ISO 50001 to demonstrate commitment to achieving energy efficiency

Published 19 July 2016 | Written by Peter Sharman
CategoriesCertifications Inspections Management policy Minimised energy use Promoting achievements Report to company level Workforce

Mulalley were one of the top 5% of companies to achieve compliance with the Government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Legislation. ESOS is a mandatory energy assessment scheme for large organisations in the UK, with the Environment Agency being the UK scheme administrator. Organisations that qualify for ESOS must carry out ESOS assessments every 4 years. These assessments are audits of the energy…


Air Purification Unit

Published 30 June 2016 | Written by James Low
CategoriesAir quality Enclosures

Air Purification Units (APUs) are re-locatable units based on the concept of a living wall to reduce air pollution. Partnering with Treebox, these have been integrated into the external hoarding of a Mace project site located on a road with some of London’s highest pollution levels. The system capitalises on natural air purification benefits of plants and microbes enhanced with…


Site Energy Monitoring

Published 30 June 2016 | Written by James Low
CategoriesImprovement Monitoring

Mace’s project are using an engaging and simple to use online energy monitoring system to better manage site energy and water consumption, and contribute to reducing carbon emissions. Sub-meters have been installed across the site to improve awareness of the site equipment and zones, such as tower cranes, lighting zones and office accommodation. The system has already enabled one project…


Spotlight on… campaign flyers

Published 22 June 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAlcohol testing Apprenticeships Campaigns Communication Cycle safety Diversity Guidance Health screening Healthy lifestyle advice Illegal workers Inappropriate language Medications Mental health Modern slavery Occupational health risks Plastics and packaging Posters Scheme posters/banners Signage Signage

The ‘Spotlight on…’ flyers have been designed for general display in and around site welfare facilities. The Scheme provides a collection of A5 flyers from both past and current ‘Spotlight on…’ awareness campaigns. Each unique flyer contains information on the industry issue and advice on how to tackle it. This resource has proven valuable for display on site and raising awareness amongst…


Solar Powered Tower Crane Lights

Published 21 April 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesActual vs target Carbon footprint reporting Energy saving measures Minimised energy use

Resource usage should be minimised where ever possible to reduce any negative impact on the environment. It is very important to not only reduce the usage but also discover techniques to provide alternative energies. One site achieved this by implementing solar powered tower crane lighting: All cranes on site were previously equipped with aircraft warning red beacons that needed a constant…


Carbon Offsetting through the Carbon Neutral Company

Published 9 December 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCarbon offsetting Goodwill work

Carbon emissions should be monitored and reduced to help minimise pollution and protect the environment. Carbon offsetting is the reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide or greenhouse gasses made in order to compensate for or to offset an emission made elsewhere. Many construction companies have carbon offset their works with projects overseas which will save carbon emissions equivalent to those that they emit. Willmott…


Improving Environmental Performance on Site: Trialling Hybrid Excavators

Published 28 October 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Hybrid/electric plant

Ways to improve your sites environmental performance should be sought. Sites should carefully consider their working methods and the impact of machinery upon the environment. Below is an example of how a site trialled hybrid excavators to improve efficiency and air quality: Hybrid excavators were sourced from outside the UK with improved fuel, CO2 efficiency and improved air quality in the…


Portable Living Hoarding

Published 20 October 2015 | Written by Cariad Martin
CategoriesAir quality Enclosures First Impressions standards Noise Vandalism

‘Living hoarding’ has been installed at Pentland Homes’ Scholars Village development in Folkestone. 17 metres of ivy screens were installed at the front of the site by Dover-based company, New Build Landscapes, with branded signage including a QR code taking viewers to the Urban Greening website for more information on the benefits of the installation. ‘Living hoarding’ suppresses dust particles to…


Electric Van for Survey Team

Published 20 October 2015 | Written by Monika De Kock
CategoriesCarbon footprint reporting Green purchasing Hybrid/electric plant Minimised fuel use Travel plans

During the month of May the Bermondsey Survey team took delivery of a Renault Kangoo Electric Van. The van, which charges off a standard plug socket, has been a great tool in helping to reduce the team’s emissions and costs, as well as offering a greener mode of transport for all of the other travelling team members. The financial benefit against…


Monitoring Driving Patterns to Minimise Carbon Emissions

Published 24 March 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesActual vs target Carbon footprint reporting Idling vehicles Minimised fuel use Plan Reduce Travel plans

Sites should monitor their carbon footprint and set targets for reporting and minimising carbon emissions. Drivers should receive sufficient training and efforts should be made to monitor and minimise site delivery and vehicle impact on the environment. Below is an example of how sites can effectively monitor and reduce their fuel emissions: Vehicles and transport for operatives were provided on site,…


Enhancing Carbon Dioxide Management

Published 13 March 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCarbon footprint reporting Monitoring Site environmental plan

Constructors should monitor, record and aim to reduce the carbon emissions emitted from their sites. It is important that sites are environmentally conscious, utilising methods to reduce their carbon footprint. Recording site-specific data, is an effective way to start managing and reducing your carbon footprint. One site went over and above gathering individual data, to really understand their energy use and CO2…


Green alternatives implemented to reduce carbon footprint

Published 28 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCarbon footprint reporting Carbon offsetting Green purchasing Minimised energy use Reduce

Contractors should be committed to measuring and minimising it’s site’s carbon footprint. Carbon emission reduction can be achieved through measures such as green travel planning. The importance of reducing your carbon footprint should be effectively communicated to your workforce, to ensure a clear understanding of why these concerns are significant. Nationally, some sites have taken effective measures to reduce their carbon emission…


ConstructCO2: tool for measuring and reducing carbon

Published 25 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCarbon footprint reporting Carbon offsetting Monitoring Reduce Travel plans

It is vitally important to set targets for reducing site carbon emissions. ConstructCO2 aims to identify quick wins to reduce carbon emissions and generate potential savings through travel arrangements and supplier engagement. This can benefit the company through both saving costs and the reduction of carbon emissions. ConstructCO2, an online construction carbon tool, could be used for monitoring, understanding and reducing construction…