Environment

Sustainable Business

Incorporating sustainability into our everyday operations is key to ensure successful, long-term delivery outcomes and we have a responsibility to leave a positive impact on our environment.

We recognise the impact of CO2 and other greenhouse gases on our environment and we are committing to reducing the impact associated with our own energy usage. We will continue to enhance the use of technology to reduce our current footprint. We are also addressing water and waste management activities and are working with our supply chains to promote sustainable delivery.

We use innovative solutions to reduce our energy needs, while focusing on cleaner energy and other natural resources.

We recognise that working sustainably makes strategic business sense. Group-wide activities support increasing local increasing focus on managing clean inputs. Our Sectors and business units also drive this agenda through activities that directly support our customer’s needs.

 

Energy Governance

Board and Senior Management are committed to delivering continual environmental improvements across the organisation. Sustainability is embedded throughout the organisation and is a central consideration in the decision making process.

Across the business we also have some of the best STEM graduates driving the green agenda. Babcock has held the Carbon Trust Standard for its UK operations since 2010 and will be seeking reaccreditation in 2020. The continuous monitoring of energy consumption and the attention to environmental policies ensure that the environmental impact of the company’s operations is minimised.

Energy Management and Procurement

We have advanced energy management practices in place across the organisation which allow us to effectively manage our consumptions and emissions. We have implemented a Metering, Monitoring and Targeting (MM&T) strategy which allows us to easily identify and remediate any inefficiencies.

We take our responsibility for managing the impact of our operations and those of our supply chain on the environment seriously.

We integrate environmental sustainability into our programme design, optimise use of resources and minimise waste through re-use and recycling.

 

Climate Change Impact

We recognise that climate change could have major impacts, not just to our business but to the environment in which we operate. Potential impacts include floods, hurricanes, fires and droughts. We identify the risks of climate change on our operations at a contract level and this is reviewed at business unit and sector board level. We then communicate any material risks to the Audit and Risk committee on a bi-annual basis.

Supply Chain

Our supply chain has an important part to play in supporting our efforts to reduce emissions. This year we introduced a Group-wide procurement policy that requires environmental aspects to be taken into account as part of the competitive tender process. We are working closely with our suppliers to reduce packaging where feasible. We have also implemented more recycling and re-use initiatives in order to minimise waste.

Net Zero

We recognise the impact that CO2 emissions and greenhouse gases have on our environment. We are committed to reducing our impact and over the upcoming year will review appropriate, accredited targets.

Sustainable Buildings

Across the organisation we continue to develop and improve our built estate and we strive to achieve excellent sustainability credentials with all developments. Sustainable considerations are at the core of the design and decision making process. We strive to deliver high quality assets which meet the current and future needs of our staff and customers whilst minimising our environmental impacts.

Waste Management

We also actively help our customers meet their waste management targets. Babcock manages the rental leases for the UK MOD’s white fleet, and is supporting the MOD and the UK Government in the transition to ‘Road to Zero’, which includes a commitment to convert 25 per cent of combustion engines to ultra-low emission by 2022, and 100 per cent by 2030.

Zero to Landfill

As part of our efforts to minimise waste, Babcock Networks Limited achieved 100 per cent diversion of construction waste from landfill across all overhead line projects, equating to 39,462 tonnes. This is in addition to our Rosyth business which has been zero to landfill for a number of years now.

Environmental

Environmental sustainability is embedded throughout the organisation and is a central consideration in our decision making process.

15.6%

reduction in emissions (CO2e) since our 2017 baseline

2010

Babcock have held the Carbon Trust Standard since this year

23

business areas operating under ISO 14001