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Laing O’Rourke

Rating: Bronze

The company’s director of environment John Green believes companies need to adopt a wholly different strategy to reduce their carbon footprints. The contractor trying to reduce car use by introducing video conferencing and flexi-hours so staff can work from home.

It is collaborating with The Carbon Trust and The Energy Saving Trust to collect data over three years to help find the best way to measure a firm’s carbon footprint. The company is working with its suppliers to come up with a joint carbon reduction scheme and hopes to invest in carbon neutral cement.

Laing O’Rourke was the first construction company to be accredited by Ceemar, the government’s sector-wide accreditation scheme for environmental excellence. It works on numerous community engagement initiatives at its construction sites, from helping resurface a school playground to relocating endangered species at the Thames Gateway.

Staff: 40,000 worldwide

Annual turnover: £4 billion

Highlights: working with the Carbon Trust to help find a way to best measure carbon footprint.

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