Environment & climate change

Environmental protection and climate change are among the greatest challenges we face, both as a society and a business.

We recognise that we have a key part to play through minimising the environmental impact and carbon footprint of our operations to ensure the long-term sustainability of the buildings, infrastructure and services we provide.

Policies and management

Our Environmental Policy sets out our commitment to integrating the assessment, management and control of environmental issues into the management of our business. This is complemented by our Energy Policy, which recognises the impact of energy use on climate change and commits us to effectively and efficiently managing our energy use. Our Biodiversity Policy obligates us to protect and, where appropriate enhance biodiversity during our construction activities. Our Responsible Sourcing Policy requires us to consider our preferred suppliers’ environmental impacts, among other issues.

We identify, manage and mitigate our environmental impacts from project to business level through our ISO 14001 certified management system, supported by a network of Health, Safety and Sustainability (HS&S) advisors.

Our policies and processes are contained within our BMS (Business Management System), a mandatory platform, which defines our approach to all key operations and sets out the standards we must adhere to. Use of the BMS ensures consistency, governance and control and effective risk management by mitigating issues at source.

We make our people aware of our environmental standards and policies that are integrated into our BMS through extensive training, our intranet and by promoting our Code of Conduct, ‘Doing the right thing’, to all our employees.

Ensuring compliance

Compliance with our environmental policies is assessed through HS&S advisors who are aligned to each business unit to provide support and advice. They visit sites regularly to ensure compliance with policies and procedures and produce a Safety, Security and Environmental Report, which is communicated to appropriate levels in the business through a database. Any non-compliance identified requires a corrective action plan, including the date by which it will be completed.

We also monitor performance using key performance indicators (for example covering waste and timber), which are regularly reviewed and variations investigated. Any incidents or visits (for example by the Environment Agency) are logged in databases and reported to divisional Boards each month.

Key Performance Indicators*

Total waste generated

(tonnes/£100k turnover)

Total waste generated  Chart

Carbon dioxide equivalent emissions

(tonnes**)

Carbon dioxide equivalent emissions Chart

Key Performance Indicators*

Carbon and energy performance, initiatives and SECR reporting
Galliford Try has voluntarily reported greenhouse gas emissions and environmental performance since 2009. The data included below and to the left covers the new reporting requirements detailed in the Streamlined
Energy & Carbon Reporting ‘SECR’ Regulations. 


As we have historically reported our carbon and energy data in calendar years, the following section represents our carbon and energy performance for Galliford Try for the calendar year 2019. It therefore includes the disposed housebuilding divisions (waste data is reported
for the financial year and excludes performance of the disposed divisions): 

Tonnes of CO2e 2019 2018
Emissions from combustion of gas
(Scope 1)
3,388 4,265
Emissions from combustion of fuel for
transport purposes
(Scope 1)
2,476 3,026
Emissions from purchased electricity (Scope 2; location-based) 3,709 5,053
Emissions from business
travel in employee-owned vehicles (Scope 3)
7,270 7,398

We are pleased to report a reduction in our Scope 1, 2 and 3 carbon emissions from an intensity of 1.54 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per £100,000 of revenue in 2018 to 1.22 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per £100,000 of revenue in 2019, which reflects the work we have undertaken to become more energy efficient and our commitment to reduce our climate change impact. Overall, we have reduced our
carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by 20% since 2015 ie from 42,223 carbon dioxide equivalent emissions tonnes in 2015 to 33,490 in 2019.Our reported emissions are solely related to our UK activities.

We are also encouraged that data for our standalone construction and Group operations excluding the disposed of housebuilding divisions shows a similar trend, with our intensity ratio falling from 2.05 in 2018 to 1.40 in 2019.


Methodology
Carbon dioxide equivalent emissions (tCO2e) are calculated using the methodology in ISO 14064-1 and the UK Government GHG Conversion Factors and Methodology for Company Reporting 2019, which are also subject to external verification. Emissions cover all those arising from our fleet, gas and electricity in all offices and sites and all other fuel used directly (for example diesel on site) (including our share of emissions from joint ventures). Where data is obtained in litres
used and distance travelled, these conversion factors have been used to convert to kW.

Annual energy usage
Our total energy use, calculated from DEFRA 2019 conversion factors, for all our UK activities related to our scope 1, 2 and 3 activities was 141,163,384 KWh, which is a 24% reduction in our total energy use in 2018 (186,835,090 KWh). Excluding the disposed housebuilding divisions, our total energy use mirrored the same trend at 78,714,616 KWh in 2019, which
is a 38% reduction in total energy use for the same operations in 2018 (126,098,453 KWh).

Energy efficiency measures undertaken
The two main areas that contribute to our use of energy are from business travel and fuel use on our construction sites (associated with cabin and plant usage) that accounts for 79% of our total carbon footprint ie 29% from business travel and 50% from on-site fuel usage.
Consequently, our energy efficiency initiatives have focused on these areas and have included: 

  • Improving the efficiency of our vehicle fleet ie our average carbon dioxide emissions have been reduced from 133g/km in 2011 to 97g/km in 2019.
  • Introducing plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles to our fleet that has resulted in over 20% of the fleet in 2019 being either hybrid or all electric.
  • Introducing Agile and Smart Working Policies that allow alternative options for travel to offices and  sites using online communication technologies such as Microsoft Teams as well as all our offices having video conference facilities.
  • Promoting the use of hybrid generators for temporary power on our construction sites, which improves energy efficiency compared to conventional diesel only powered units.
  • Providing all our offices with electricity from renewable sources.

Waste performance
In the financial year to 30 June 2020, the continuing Galliford Try business reduced waste per £100,000 of revenue to 13.0 tonnes, compared to 14.5 tonnes in the previous financial year. For the same periods, we maintained a good level of waste diverted from landfill at 95%.​ Our total energy use, calculated from DEFRA 2019 conversion factors, for all our UK activities related to our scope 1, 2 and 3 activities was 141,163,384 KWh, which is a 24% reduction in our total energy use in 2018 (186,835,090 KWh). Excluding the disposed  housebuilding divisions, our total energy use mirrored the same trend at 78,714,616 KWh in 2019, which is a 38% reduction in total energy use for the same operations in 2018 (126,098,453 KWh).