More than 20 groups in the built environment sector have signed a charter to improve air quality and cut greenhouse gas emissions across the UK.
The Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS)’s Plant Group developed the Plant Commitment Charter “to drastically reduce on-site emissions to air that are harmful to human health and the planet, such that they will reach net zero by 2040 and contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goals 3, 11 and 13”.
Each organisation pledges to work toward five commitments, including: minimum standards in procurement, engagement, awareness raising & education, measurement & reporting, and innovation. The result: they contribute to a cleaner working environment.
Kier and Cheetham Hill Construction are the latest signatories to the Plant Commitment Charter. They join 19 other organisations publicly dedicated to reducing their emissions from the plant and equipment they buy, hire and use.
Jade Hunt, group environment manager at Kier, said: “Kier has been active for a long time in reducing the impacts of its business, across all sustainability issues. Signing the School’s Plant Commitment Charter is an outward confirmation of our determined intent, and we want our suppliers and subcontractors to match our ambition.”
Howard Chamberlain, managing director and owner at Cheetham Hill Construction, said: “CHC has signed the School’s Plant Commitment Charter as a clear statement that we take the impacts of our business seriously, taking action to reduce them where possible, as far as possible.”
Signatories to the charter come from across the value chain and commit to improving air quality and reducing greenhouse emissions and any negative impact caused by their construction plant and equipment (CPE). Direct action on reducing tailpipe emissions can only lead to better local air quality for workers and neighbours, resulting in less impact on the global climate.
Lara Young, group climate change director at Costain, said: “Costain was one of the first signatories of the Plant Commitment Charter in August 2020. As an early adopter of low-emission plant and having introduced several Groupwide low-emission plant standards since 2017, joining the charter was an evident next step in our journey to net zero. Tackling one of our greatest whole life cycle emissions sources and providing a clear signal to our clients, supply chain partners and plant OEMs to know of the importance we place on taking tangible action, reducing emissions from plant and machinery.”