Meeting our carbon targets

Meeting our ambitious carbon targets requires a holistic view of the direct and indirect carbon emissions arising from our global operations.

Our Carbon Policy sets a framework to do this, including laying out how we will actively reduce our energy consumption and emissions arising from the operation of our facilities and vehicle fleet, as well as from employee business travel and from our clients and supply chain. Our aim is to:

  • avoid unnecessary carbon emissions
  • reduce unavoidable carbon emissions by introducing technology and better planning
  • give our customers and suppliers the opportunity to choose low-carbon solutions
  • source low-carbon products and services, including renewable energy
  • assess the embedded carbon of the products we use.

We will offset any remaining unavoidable emissions from our operations at the end of 2015.


Steven McKenna with S Factor Trophy

Employee idea for cutting carbon

Steven McKenna of Carillion Facilities Management won the S Factor Enabling Low-Carbon Economies category. Steven organised a car share model for the Modern Housing Solutions team to help save carbon emissions.

He devised the Personal Transport Plan – a simple yet effective way to enable green travel in the workplace. Team members’ information is gathered (postcode, method of transport and shift patterns) and plotted onto an interactive map, revealing car share possibilities.

The Personal Transport Plan was recently used by the Modern Housing Solutions team during Green Transport Week, when they reduced their overall travel by 473 miles.

Carbon reduction highlights 2012

The majority of the reductions we made in 2012 were likely to be as a result of fewer UK contracts impacting our plant fuel consumption, as well as property rationalisation, changes of tenancy and milder winter weather.

However, some reductions can be attributed to our carbon reduction efforts in 2012. We launched over 20 carbon reduction initiatives across the business, highlights of which are given below.

Smarter Thinking: In July we launched this Group-wide employee behaviour change campaign to raise awareness of sustainability. See the outcomes in Our people and sustainability. Over the next year, the campaign will focus on office energy and promoting positive behaviours across our estate.

Vehicle efficiency: We have installed the very latest fuel-saving technologies across our fleet of commercial vehicles in the UK and Canada:

  • Fuelsaver is fitted to vehicles to re-map the engine management unit of the vehicle, optimising the vehicle for UK driving conditions and improving fuel efficiency. The device will reduce Carillion’s £22 million UK fuel bill by 10%.
  • Telematics monitors vehicle speeds, acceleration and braking, reporting data on driving behaviour back to drivers and managers. In the UK, this has saved £820,000 which equates to 1,513 tonnes of carbon saved.
  • A global positioning system (GPS) has been installed in a total of 637 commercial vehicles in Ontario and Alberta, Canada. Reported figures show that there has been a 16% reduction in fuel use when normalised by turnover. As well as fuel efficiency gains, these technologies can help improve the road safety of our drivers and reduce wear and tear across our commercial fleet.

During 2012, we also carried out a detailed review of our UK future company car procurement. We designed a choice list that will reduce the carbon emissions of the fleet by a minimum of 10% – if not more – if company car drivers are choosing the best carbon-performing vehicles on the list.


Carillion vehicle and driver

Sustainable driver training in Alberta

In support of Carillion Canada’s commitment to enabling low-carbon economies, Transport Alberta has trained and evaluated over 340 commercial drivers – the first step in launching its Training Academy.

The intensive eight-hour class covers everything from the rules of the road to fuel efficiency and good maintenance practices. The result has been a 12% reduction in fuel consumption against budgeted levels.

In 2013, other tracking indices will be investigated to develop a better understanding of potential fuel savings. Once in full operation, the Transport Alberta Training Academy will deliver works training, maintenance procedures, leadership skills and sustainable driving as part of its programme.

Building energy: In 2012, we scaled up our efforts to make our buildings more efficient. Display Energy Certificates were placed in all principal properties showing how they perform in terms of energy efficiency. Trained Energy Champions are available at many sites to drive energy-efficient behaviour and promote best practice. In the Middle East and North Africa, over 5 million kWh were saved during 2012. This was achieved through having weekly Earth Hours across contracts, undertaking generator audits, establishing generator banks and securing connections to mains power where possible.

Plant fuel: We introduced a plant fuel calculator across all of our civil engineering sites. This simple tool gives us a much greater understanding of where and when plant fuel is being consumed. We also installed telematics technology into our plant machinery. Initial trials are showing extremely positive results, giving site managers full visibility of when and why machinery is using fuel, and with operators taking appropriate steps to optimise performance.

Other initiatives launched in 2012 include hybrid vehicle trials, tighter controls on staff travel sign-off, and activities for Earth Hour – the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF’s) global awareness and action day, during which Carillion employees across the world turned off non-essential lights and other energy-consuming equipment. See Our people and sustainability.

In 2013, we will keep up momentum on meeting our carbon targets. Plans include a car sharing scheme for the entire UK business, an embodied carbon tool that will allow us to measure the complete impact of our contracts from design through to construction and operation, and a bespoke Carbon Reduction Plan for all contracts, linked to the business unit’s overall sustainability plan.

167 grams
per mileElectric car

of CO2e saving at Sellafield by working with our client to switch to electric commercial vehicles

Abu Dhabi

Monitoring carbon emissions at New York University

Solar thermal system

Saving energy and cutting carbon emissions are important goals of the New York University contract in Abu Dhabi. A centralised building management system is being put in place that will connect the whole campus, enabling optimised energy use in real time.

The university will also have one of the largest solar thermal systems in the world, capable of meeting all the residential demand for hot water. Carbon emissions monitoring will be available for car parks in order to reduce the extract fan loads when the facility is not being used as heavily.

17 tonnesWorld

of carbon saved during Earth Hour across our Middle East and North Africa businesses

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