ROBERTSON has marked World Environment Day by revealing the firm has secured carbon neutral business status.
Following the implementation of a number of measures, including offering electric or hybrid electric company cars, undertaking operational reviews and upgrades for offices, and introducing on site energy efficiency measures, the contractor has dramatically reduced its carbon footprint.
Robertson explained the measures have contributed to a 12.4% reduction in carbon intensity in the last year and 26% since the first baselined performance in 2014/15.
Robertson has been working with Carbon Footprint Ltd to assess and verify the environmental impact of its business using the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) protocol and ISO 14064:3 methodology. The company aims to reduce its carbon intensity by a further 10% over the next five years.
Derek Shewan, CEO at Robertson said, “By becoming a carbon neutral business, we hope to assure a sustainable future and inspire our employees to continue to think of new ways we can reduce our carbon footprint. Organisations play a vital role in combating climate change by reducing and externally verifying their respective carbon footprints. In addition to this, offsetting any remaining carbon emissions by helping to fund environmental, renewable energy and energy efficiency projects can in turn deliver huge social and community benefits both in the UK and around the world.”
Dr Wendy Buckley, client director of Carbon Footprint Ltd added, “I am delighted that Robertson has taken a leading and responsible position in their carbon management. Ahead of any legislative requirement, they have completed a rigorous analysis of their carbon footprint right across the business that has been audited to international standards. Following that they have compensated for their emissions by supporting carbon offset projects including UK tree planting, international renewable energy projects and avoiding deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, protecting our climate and also our planet’s biodiversity.”