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Construction News Awards Sustainable Company of the Year

Winner: Speedy Services

This support services business has a robust framework of objectives that clearly demonstrate its dedication to sustainability and how it plans to improve its already high standards in the future.

At the heart of its operations is a simple mantra for being successful: “A better way of doing business – being sustainable”.

The framework to deliver Speedy’s sustainability aspirations is called One Plan and includes key performance indicators to measure progress and a roadmap to follow to achieve long-term aims.

”We were impressed not only with the ranging framework Speedy Services used to assess and mitigate clients’ environmental impact but in particular the new products co-developed with its supply chain, which emphasised life-cycle benefits”

Judges’ comment

Speedy is a company that has taken a serious approach to sustainability to help the company, its customers and suppliers operate more effectively, efficiently and sustainably.

Most importantly, it is measuring its progress in a transparent and accountable way via 43 separate KPIs that tackle commercial, environmental and social concerns. Progress is reviewed annually by the group board and results are included in annual reports.

Internally, Speedy’s desire to lead by example has resulted in reducing its carbon footprint by 25 per cent in the past three years and achieving a 29 per cent reduction in vehicle emissions.

It has also worked with one of its suppliers, Tower Light, to develop a lighting tower that can run on much less power than a conventional one.

The VB9 Lighting Tower now uses permanent magnet alternator technology, typically found on hybrid cars, combined with a traditional generator to dramatically reduce power consumption. Speedy says the new lighting towers can save contractors £300 per month in most normal working situations.

As well as offering greener options for all equipment, the company also encourages customers to re-evaluate their normal site operations to improve their environmental performance. It offers surveys to reduce waste at site level, and unless the surveys identify savings at least double the investment in the survey fee, Speedy will not charge for the survey.

Speedy aims to reduce carbon emissions per capita to 7.25 tonnes in 2015 and to less than 7 tonnes by 2020.

Post-2020, the firm aims to continue to meet its sustainability targets by reorganising its depots’ structure to reduce travel between premises and customers, and to reduce waste sent to landfill to zero.


Aggregate Industries


FM Conway



Wates Group

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