5th June 2024

Sir Robert McAlpine's sustainability performance update

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Today, we publish our 2023 sustainability report, charting progress against our sustainability strategy.

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Headline performance is delivering a total social impact contribution of £997million, alongside a 71% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions, and a 54% reduction in Scope 3 emissions, against our 2020 baseline year.

We continue to make progress in decarbonisation, following the validation of our emission reduction targets by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) last year, which saw us become one of the UK's first construction and infrastructure companies to have our Net Zero 2045 target validated against the SBTi’s Net Zero standard.

The 71% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions was achieved through increasing the amount of electricity consumed via Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin (REGO) backed tariffs and the replacement of carbon-intensive diesel with transition fuel Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (HVO). Scope 3 emissions were also reduced by 54% against the company’s baseline year, driven by a significant reduction in emissions associated with purchased goods and services, which account for 91% of Sir Robert McAlpine’s overall emissions.

ActionFunder garden classroom charityTo ensure we are on track to meet our Net Zero target, which encompasses all material emission sources, including the emissions of our supply chain, we remain committed to reducing absolute Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions by 90% by 2045.

We're pleased to announce that our total Social Impact contribution – a combination of the Social Return on Investment (SROI) of activities and the Economic Impact of the money spent in local economies – was £997million. The targeted social value creation, delivered with our clients and supply chain has this year included the creation of 216 jobs, 102 apprenticeships, 232 work experience placements, and £538,000 in charitable donations. This performance continues to show that we can have significant positive impact within our local communities.

I am pleased to report encouraging progress against our Sustainability strategy as we continue to focus on ensuring sustainability is built into our everyday decision making. We have made great progress this year, embedding the necessary controls, assurance, and expertise organisation-wide to drive improved performance. As we look ahead, we need to acknowledge the challenges we face in areas like waste reduction, but alongside our supply chain partner, we look forward to building upon the momentum that we’ve generated so far.

Simon Richards Sustainability Director at Sir Robert McAlpine

The report also discloses that we achieved a 9.5% reduction in absolute construction waste, with 99% diversion of resources from landfill. This is alongside 95% responsible sourcing of materials, supported by over 40 supply chain framework agreements.

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  • Our sustainability strategy

    We are committed to leaving a lasting positive legacy as a result of our actions. Considering our impact on the environment and society in all we do. Playing our role in addressing the climate emergency for a sustainable and prosperous future as we construct a better world for future generations.

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