Robertson Facilities Management and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have joined forces to “support green recovery and help transform the construction of public and private sector projects across the country”.
The three-year partnership of SEPA and Robertson’s Sustainable Growth Agreement (SGA) is the first in Scotland to focus on environmental performance across an entire supply chain and will mean both organisations can “evolve new and innovative processes around supply chain engagement and development”.
Businesses in Robertson’s supply chain will be helped to meet their environmental obligations and encouraged to move beyond compliance by supporting the transition to a circular net zero economy within which water, energy and materials are managed efficiently and carbon emissions are reduced – “creating places where businesses, communities and nature can prosper within the resources of one planet”.
Robertson states that it will act as a “critical friend”, highlighting any systemic issues associated with meeting environmental regulations so that action can be taken to tackle them before they cause environmental harm or a licence breach.
Terry A’Hearn, SEPA’s CEO, said: “In 2018 I challenged Scotland’s business leaders to face up to the scale of the environmental challenge facing us. I explained that only great leaders would understand that it is an opportunity for their businesses and organisations to help solve it while creating economic success.
“The eyes of the world will be on Scotland this year in the run-up to COP26. They’ll see a country that has already committed to being a world leader in addressing climate change, that is already taking ambitious steps to drive a low-carbon economy and that is committed to creating new opportunities for a stronger and more inclusive economy and society. But we can do more and we need even more great leaders to have the leadership, the courage and the vision to see the opportunity and take it. I hope our SGA with Robertson will inspire others to answer the call as well.”