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Bam Construct tells supply chain to cut waste and carbon

Bam Construct said it was ramping up the importance of environmental credentials when choosing its supply chain as it released its fourth sustainability report yesterday, setting new environmental challenges for 2015.

The report shows that the contractor has reached its target, set in 2008, of reducing waste to landfill by 50 per cent under the Waste and Resources Acion Programme’s halving waste to landfill commitment scheme.

The report shows that Bam Construct diverted 85 per cent of waste from landfill in 2010 and that carbon emissions fell slightly to 19,626 tonnes, but rose against turnover by 4 per cent, which the firm attributed to “severe winter weather conditions”.

Bam Construct environment manager Charlie Law said: “A lot of hard work has gone into reducing waste on-site by training both our staff and also our supply chain.

“It is written into our contracts with subcontractors that they have to provide us with information on carbon, waste and fuel consumption and what they are doing with the waste that is going from our sites.”

He added: “If our supply chain come to us on a job with a better waste strategy, they are more likely to win work. It’s obviously not easy because of price, but even if someone comes in with the lowest bid they wouldn’t necessarily get the job because these issues are so important to both us and our clients.”

Chief executive Graham Cash said: “Sustainability is intrinsic to how we deliver solutions for our clients every day. It’s how we do business. We see the market for sustainable low-carbon buildings expanding every year.

“To show how important it is to us we have developed a set of longer-term targets right up to 2015. We were in the forefront of leading the industry in embedding health and safety principles. We are committed to achieving similar progress on sustainability.”

The contractor is also expanding its Building Information Modeling use on design work and is also trying to encourage clients to use renewable energy more in order to achieve greater carbon reductions on projects.

The group has targeted reducing waste production by 25 per cent by 2015 (based on 2010 figures) as well as diverting zero hazardous waste to landfill by 2015.

See here for the full report.

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