Our commitment to create “A better world at work” has two meanings. First, to make EMCOR UK a better place for all colleagues, partners and customers. Second, to help drive forward social and environmental agendas to preserve the planet and promote a fair, inclusive and respectful society.
We’re committed to:
We’ve chosen eight of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals where we believe we can make the biggest impact for both society and the planet. They include a focus on societal benefits including promoting good health and wellbeing, reducing inequalities and providing decent work. While our positive contribution to the sustainability of the planet is addressed through commitments to responsible consumption, climate action and reducing greenhouse gas emissions whilst innovating to improve productivity and optimise the use of scarce resources.
We are taking imperative action against climate change, this includes us playing our part to halve greenhouse gas emissions before 2030, achieve net-zero emissions before 2050 and halt global temperature rise to 1.5°C. We put sustainable practices front and centre of all the decisions we make.
Research conducted by the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) discovered that the built environment accounts for around 40% of the UK’s total carbon footprint. This means one of the biggest challenges we face is how to adapt, modify and manage our buildings, while acting in a sustainable and cost-effective way.
We understand the importance of making considered decisions when it comes to energy expenditure. Through recent research with WLP+, we discovered that feeling too hot, or too cold, can lower productivity by up to 12%. We’re supporting our customers to carefully control room temperatures for the benefit of their people and the planet.
Where possible we use materials that have been recycled or repurposed. In turn, this is proving less expensive and easier to source. For example, we use carpet tiles made from discarded ghost fishing nets.
Our long-term, sustainable success is based on continuously creating truly inclusive environments and ways of working that provide dignity, fairness, opportunity and respect. We’re proud of our award-winning safe systems of work and comprehensive, employee education and training.
Our strategy is to offset any annual emissions that can’t be avoided or reduced. Our chosen partner for offset projects is Climate Seed. In accordance with PAS2060:2014, we calculated our carbon footprint and purchased carbon allowances to offset our scope 1 and 2 emissions of 4068 tCO2e for the period of 1 Jan 2021 – 31 December 2021, which were retired against The Jari/Amapá REDD+ Project in Brazil. The Jari valley in Brazil is home to over two thousand rural families, as well as important species of flora and the project aims to guarantee the conservation and protection of biodiversity in the valley, reduce unplanned deforestation, and promote socio-economic development.
We are working towards becoming a more sustainable, inclusive, equal, and diverse workplace and employer. This is being realised through a powerful combination of internal resources, external expertise and collaborative partnerships. We work with our supply chain to combat modern slavery and continue to carry out audits on our supply chain should they be deemed high risk.
We’re working towards adopting leading industry standards and techniques in sustainable procurement. We aim to be leaders in this field, by applying the ISO 20400 standard for sustainable procurement and requesting our key supply partners do the same.
We’ve embedded a culture of responsibility across our business, and are actively engaged in looking after our employees, customers and business partners, as well as our local communities and the wider environment. But we recognise that we still have much to do and there are many challenges ahead of us. To help us continue to improve, we welcome your feedback.