Environment & climate change

We recognise the urgency of the climate change agenda and champion the role we have to play in decarbonising the economy for a greener, more sustainable future. Our focus is on minimising the carbon emissions within our own operations and reducing the whole-life carbon of the buildings, infrastructure and services we provide.

This year we were pleased to publish our pledge to achieve net zero carbon across our own operations by 2030, and across all activities by 2045 at the latest. To provide a clear route to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we have committed to achieving a verifiable science-based target validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). In doing so, Galliford Try has joined the Business Ambition for 1.5°C to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees and the UN-backed campaign Race to Zero.

Our Net Zero commitment

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.

We look forward to reporting in line with (Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosures) in our next financial reporting year (2022).

Key Performance Indicators

Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions

(CO2e tonnes)

Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions  Chart

Waste intensity

(tn/£100k revenue)

Waste intensity  Chart

Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

In support of our Sustainable Growth Strategy, we will be participating in the CDP disclosure process from 2022. Formerly known as the "Carbon Disclosure Project", CDP is the most globally recognised environmental disclosure system and is used by a wide range of stakeholders to monitor and compare how companies are addressing climate change. In addition to providing detailed information in relation to our carbon emissions and carbon reduction actions, our CDP disclosures will also outline the risks and opportunities that climate change presents to our business and how we are responding to them. By participating in CDP, we aim to demonstrate our commitment to tackling climate change and provide transparent updates on our journey to net zero.

Carbon and energy performance, initiatives and SECR reporting

The data included in the table covers the new reporting requirements detailed in the 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 years 2020 and 2019, with the 2019 data restated to exclude the disposed housebuilding divisions and therefore provide more meaningful comparisons.

We are pleased to report a reduction in our Scope 1, 2 and 3 carbon emissions within our current carbon reporting boundaries to 1.17 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per £100,000 of revenue in 2020 from 1.40 in 2019). While some of this reduction is due to reduced travel during the pandemic, this also reflects the longer term 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 within our current carbon reporting boundaries by 59% since 2015, ie from 28,152 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions in 2015 to 11,665 tonnes in 2020.

Galliford Try’s operations are wholly within the UK and as such this is where reported emissions arise.

Tonnes of CO2e 2020 2019 2019 (restated)4
Emissions from combustion of gas tCO2e
(Scope 1)
100 3,388 672
Emissions from combustion of fuel for
transport purposes
(Scope 1)
1,099 2,476 1,880
Emissions from fuel oil supplies ie diesel consumed (Scope 1) 5,683 16,623 9,997
Fugitive emissions from office facilities ieair conditioning systems (Scope 1) 5 19 9
Emissions from use of LPG (Scope 1) 0 5 1
Emissions from business travel in employee-owned vehicles where company is responsible for purchasing the fuel (Scope 3) 2,784 7,270 4,869
Emissions from purchased electricity (Scope 2; location-based) 1,994 3,709 1,568
Emissions from purchased electricity (Scope 2; market-based) 998 Not reported Not reported

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 we have operational control. 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 (within our current reporting boundaries)  was 40,194,724 kWh (location-based), which is a 48% reduction in our total energy use in 2019 (77,235,523 kWh; location-based). This excludes our PPP Investments operations, but includes joint ventures where we have operational control.

Energy efficiency measures undertaken
The ability to implement energy reduction activities during 2020 was restricted due to the Coronavirus pandemic and a number of staff being placed on furlough during 2020. However despite these challenges, Galliford Try:

  • Sourced 68% (based on KWh consumption) of all electricity supplied to our offices and construction sites from renewable energy sources (i.e., hydropower; wind; solar; biomass; landfill gas).
  • Implemented a reduction in the average CO2e emissions across our vehicle fleet, which has reduced emissions from 133g/km in 2011 to 86g/km in 2020.
  • Increased the proportion of our vehicle fleet consisting of electric (16%), plug-in hybrid vehicles (9%) and hybrid petrol / electric vehicles (11%) to 36% of our total vehicle fleet. The proportion of our plug-In hybrid vehicles within our vehicle fleet has remained constant (i.e., 9% of our total vehicle fleet in 2020 versus 10% in 2019); however, the proportion of all electric vehicles within our fleet has increased from 1.6% of our total vehicle fleet in 2019 to 15% in 2020.
  • Continued to promote the use of hybrid generators for temporary power on our construction sites in preference to the use of conventional diesel only powered units.
  • Continued to utilise our Agile & Smart Working policies across the business, which promote alternative options for travel to offices and sites using online communication technologies such as Microsoft Teams.
  • Commenced a company wide review of our construction site accommodation procurement processes to ensure that construction site cabins are as energy efficient as possible.

Waste performance
In the financial year to 30 June 2021, we reduced waste per £100,000 of revenue to 7.6 tonnes, compared to 13.0 tonnes the previous financial year.


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