VolkerWessels UK reduced its carbon emissions across its operations by more than 9% in 2015 compared to the previous year – earning it The Planet Mark™ Certificate for continuous improvement in sustainability from Planet First, an international sustainability certification organisation.
VolkerWessels UK reported a total carbon footprint of 24,742 tonnes per CO2 equivalent (tCO2e) for last year, compared to 26,656 tCO2e in 2014 – representing a like-for-like 9.1% total carbon footprint reduction for the year and a 17.1% reduction per employee (10.1 tCO2e). As a result, VolkerWessels UK has been certified to The Planet Mark™ for three years.
The biggest savings across the group were achieved in on-site fuel, where approximately 898,000 fewer litres were combusted in 2015 compared to 2014. The reduction equates to a cost saving exceeding €476,000 and an estimated 26 tankers of fuel and associated transportation emissions being removed from the supply chain. Big cuts were also made in the use of paper in the offices too with a reduction from 79 tonnes in 2014 to 76.5 tonnes for the last year. A reduction of 1% was also made in fleet fuel usage down from 1,988,476 litres to 1,921,988.