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Sir Robert McAlpine - Taking The Path To Net Zero

Sir Robert McAlpine - Taking The Path To Net Zero
02 March 2020

Building and civil engineering company, Sir Robert McAlpine, has set a path to achieving net zero carbon emissions within the next five years.

The commitment came as the company launched a new sustainability strategy for 2020-2024. McAlpine has also targeted realising year on year increases on social value delivered across its operations.

The sustainability strategy aims to have a measurably positive impact on local communities and the environment. Working hand in hand with the supply chain, it tackles the challenge to deliver sustainable construction, operate ethically and address issues known to be underlying causes of climate change.


“As individuals, we are passionate about the work that we do and delivering quality projects for our clients, yet the impact that our industry has on the environment and society cannot be ignored."

–Simon Richards

Head of Sustainability, Sir Robert McAlpine


Collective responsibility


"It is collectively our responsibility to address this" continued Richards. "This strategy gives our people and projects a framework to do so proactively and collaboratively with our supply chain partners and the wider construction industry."



Environmental contractor of the year


The strategy builds on the previous sustainability roadmap, which earned Sir Robert McAlpine the title of “Environmental Contractor of the Year” in 2018. The strategy incorporates lessons learned from employees, projects and supply chain partners. The result is a sustainability framework with the flexibility to allow for targets that are specific and adapted to each project.

The strategy will focus on four key areas:


  • Becoming net zero carbon - Sir Robert McAlpine is focusing on reducing emissions through carbon reduction initiatives implemented across the business and industry collaborations, resulting in year on year reduction in carbon emissions and achieving net zero carbon emissions within five years. The Carbon Trust will provide third party certification to validate the claims
  • Resource efficiency - year on year reduction of construction waste, maximising resource efficiency and applying circular economy principles in the delivery of projects. Achieved through the implementation of modern methods of construction, modularisation, offsite construction, as well as collaboration across the industry
  • Ethical procurement - increasing the transparency of supply chains to ensure services are ethically sourced, and improving the responsible sourcing of building materials to minimise impact on the environment
  • Social value - year on year increase of social value delivered across the company’s operations. A partnership with the Social Profit Calculator allows the business to set targets, forecast, monitor and improve the social value delivered by each project.


The strategy also states: 

"We all have a role to play. Our strategy emphasises our skills and expertise to take up the challenge and lead on embedding change, making a meaningful, lasting difference.” 

To find out more about Sir Robert McAlpine’s commitments to sustainability Click Here

Picture: Helping to construct buildings with a lower carbon footprint is part of Sir Robert McAlpine's net zero strategy.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 02 March 2020


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