Willmott Dixon proclaims carbon neutral status

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Willmott Dixon has retained its status as a carbon neutral construction firm after off-setting emissions from its operations.

Since 2012, the contractor has reduced its emissions relative to turnover by 6.1 per cent through a range of measures such as better insulated site cabins, higher fuel efficiency specifications for hire plant and machinery, green bonuses for staff choosing lower emissions cars and improved use of video conferencing. 

However, where it has not been able to cut emissions, the contractor has worked with The CarbonNeutral Company network, to invest in projects overseas to save carbon emissions equivalent to those emitted in 2013.

Willmott Dixon believes it is the only construction firm to be carbon neutral.

Paul Smith, Divisional Chief Executive at Willmott Dixon Support Services, said: “Being carbon neutral allows us to demonstrate our commitment to taking absolute emissions to net zero.

“We’ll keep reducing the carbon intensity of our operations year-on-year, although the reality is that in the foreseeable future we will not be able to eliminate all emissions, so our work with The CarbonNeutral Company network is very important.  We want to mitigate our impact on the environment in every way, so are delighted to be investing in projects to reduce the emission of harmful greenhouse gases and create significant social and health benefits to people in other countries.”

Photo: WWF’s Living Planet Centre in Woking, on which Willmott Dixon was the main contractor.

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