Our carbon footprint

Carillion’s carbon footprint includes direct and indirect emissions from our operations, across all our regions. We have reduced our carbon footprint by 17% in 2014 against a 2011 baseline (normalised).

This is largely due to efforts across the business to reduce energy consumption and emissions arising from the operation of our facilities, fleet and business travel. Our Carbon Policy (PDF 108 KB) outlines how we will reduce our energy and consumption arising from the operation of our facilities, vehicle fleet, business travel and from our customers and supply chain. Our aim is to:

  • avoid unnecessary carbon emissions;
  • reduce unavoidable carbon emissions by introducing technology and better planning;
  • provide efficiencies on client projects;
  • source low-carbon products and services, including renewable energy; and
  • assess the embedded carbon of the products we use.

In 2014, we began giving quarterly presentations to the business around our carbon performance against targets in order to drive awareness to our businesses on their footprint and encourage discussion around reductions.

Carbon footprint (actual)

% change from 2011

Total Carillion Group -34%

UK -45%

MENA -39%

Canada1 +26%

  1. The sharp increase in carbon emissions between 2012 and 2013 was due to improved data capturing and reporting processes.

We report on scope 1–3 emissions from the following sources:

Scope 1

  • Gas – emissions calculated using kWh data from suppliers
  • Commercial vehicles, company cars, plant fuel and business mileage – emissions calculated from fuel card returns

Scope 2

  • Electricity from our offices and sites – emissions using kWh data from suppliers

Scope 3

  • Rail travel – emissions calculated using data showing total distance travelled
  • Air travel – emissions calculated using data for three categories (domestic, short haul and long haul)
  • Hotel stays – emissions calculated based upon a standard hotel stay of 48kg CO2e per person per night
  • Paper – emissions calculated from total kg paper purchased and multiplied by CO2e factors provided by our paper suppliers
  • Water – emissions calculated based on data showing total volume of water used (including some effluent data in the Middle East and North America region)

A-grades for carbon

Carillion is one of only 187 companies awarded a climate performance A-grade in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) global ranking. 2,000 publicly listed companies are independently assessed against the CDP scoring methodology.

Carillion is also one of the leading UK companies for climate change transparency in the FTSE 350 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index, achieving 99A in the 2014 index for 2013 performance and leading the Industrials sector for performance and disclosure of climate-related information.

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Powering Carillion

In the UK, we procure Climate Change Levy-exempt energy across our businesses where possible. Where it is not, we buy energy from combined heat and power plants. For our Middle East business, solar energy is gaining traction. Installing photovoltaic panels on our Dubai head office has showcased solar power and promoted our new energy services business.

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Smarter working

Our Smarter Working Campaign in 2014 encouraged people to adopt ways of working that saved time and natural resources, lowered our impact on the environment and promoted a better work–life balance. We also ran our 11th Sustainability Week, which encompassed World Environment Day.

Wolverhampton head office: This is moving to a more efficient building and our pilot campaign, Carillion Unplugged, has reduced energy consumption by 10%, with 5% of the savings going to a local charity. Following the success of this pilot, we will be rolling similar schemes out across all UK offices at the beginning of 2015.

Building energy: Display Energy Certificates are placed in all principal properties showing how they perform in terms of energy efficiency. Trained Energy Champions are available at many sites to drive energy-efficient behaviour and promote best practice.

Plant fuel: We use a plant fuel calculator across all our civil engineering sites. This simple tool gives us a much greater understanding of where and when plant fuel is being consumed. We also have telematics technology in our plant machinery, giving site managers full visibility of when and why machinery is using fuel, and with operators taking appropriate steps to optimise performance.

Vehicle efficiency: Out on the roads, we encourage our commercial drivers to drive with fuel efficiency in mind, helped by a sophisticated telematics system which monitors speeds, acceleration and braking, and relays data back to drivers and managers. There are monthly competitions to reward the best-performing drivers.

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17% reduction in normalised carbon footprint since 2011

A ‘pioneering institution in the Arab World’ Al Futtaim Carillion recognised for its solar energy installation, after being nominated by the Dubai Chamber. The award was presented by The Board of Trustees of Tatweej – Excellence Awards Academy and the Arab Organisation for Social Responsibility.

Simon Webb

The achievement of Al Futtaim Carillion in being named a pioneering institution reflects the hard work of all our people to try new ideas and find creative solutions to complex problems.”

Simon Webb, Managing Director, Al Futtaim Carillion

Smarter PCs, smarter thinking

Carillion Canada is investigating the opportunity to source green power, and this process is ongoing. Initial meetings have been held to understand the scope and viability.

Thin Client PCs have been set up for 117 workstations at Carillion Canada. The units are 46% cheaper and use around 10% of the energy required by standard PCs. The initiative will save 5,373kg of CO2 a year and a total of CA$60,000 (£31,400). Smart thinking has also contributed to a CA$1.1 million (£577,000) saving by working with our travel partner to reduce company travel and accommodation with initiatives such as Travel Blackout Weeks.

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