How construction businesses can reduce their carbon footprint
For upon |With a greater societal focus on the issue of climate change, it’s more important than ever that businesses across all sectors do what they can to reduce their carbon footprint. It’s a trend that is being actively encouraged by the UK government, which has set out a plan to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.
The construction industry is like any other in that it has a crucial role to play in protecting the environment and the wellbeing of our planet for generations to come. Here are a few ways that businesses in that sector can play their part.
Jobsites tend to use an awful lot of water – for mixing the likes of concrete, mortar and plaster as well as forcleaning up. But so much washaway can harm the surrounding vegetation, which has a knock-on effect on the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Instead, storing rainwater can save on costs and reduce the volume that is running off-site.
Use battery powered tools
Power tools are anessential part of any jobsite, but they don’t all operate the same way. Some are mains powered whereas others are fuelled by petrol or diesel engines. The latter especially are more damaging to the environment, so the construction sector can help to do its bit by shifting to tools powered by an industrial battery rather than those that give off harmful emissions.
Construction sites produce a vast amount of waste, a lot of which is sent to landfill. However, businesses can do their bit to protect the environment by managing their waste in a number of ways. Not over-ordering means there will be less surplus material, and if there is a lot left over then this should be stored and reused on another job when appropriate. Furthermore, businesses can recycle a lot of their waste, rather than sending it to the tip.
Invest in green transport
The number of new battery electric vehicles registered in the UK rose 185.9% from 2019 to 2020 – a sure sign that more road users are doing their bit to go green. And there’s no reason why construction businesses should be any different. Investing in electric fleets may represent a significant initial outlay, but there are government grants available and savings to be made in the long run, as well as the obvious benefit it has for the climate.
Use sustainable materials
Materials such as wood, straw and soil are more natural, use less energy to produce and actually absorb carbon dioxide. These offer a greener alternative, while the likes of low-carbon cement means the pollutants given off during the manufacturing of traditional cement are drastically reduced.