Contractor Willmott Dixon, currently delivering several major projects in Bristol, is aiming to lead the construction sector with a series of ambitious commitments set out in its newly released sustainability strategy.
Entitled ‘Now or Never; our decisive decade’, the strategy includes the commitment that Willmott Dixon will become net zero carbon in its operations by 2030, with all new build and refurbishment projects delivered from 2030 also net zero carbon in use.
It is also aiming for its supply chain partners to be net zero carbon by 2040; the first UK construction company to commit to such targets.
Willmott Dixon is behind a number of significant projects in the region, including the Halo office development in Finzels Reach, Bristol, on the former headquarters of Avon Fire and Rescue.
The ‘Now or Never’ strategy – which was launched with the support of renowned sustainability campaigner and co-founder of Forum for the Future, Jonathon Porritt – is split into three themes: Brilliant Buildings, Buildings Lives, and Better Planet*, which reflect Willmott Dixon’s aim to deliver low carbon products; protect, nurture and enhance the environment; create better life opportunities for people and leave a positive legacy for future generations to benefit from.
Other targets in the strategy include:
• 1,000 people who face major barriers to finding work will be supported in finding long-term careers
• Improving the lives of 100,000 people through a series of interventions by Willmott Dixon people
• All buildings and major refurbishments will be delivered with net zero embodied carbon by 2040, with a net reduction in embodied carbon of 55% by 2030
• 100,000 trees to be planted by 2030
John Boughton, Willmott Dixon Deputy Managing Director, comments: “By taking bold action, we can make sure we create a better future for generations to come. We are absolutely committed to playing our part in creating a carbon free construction sector and a ‘greener’ built environment.
“This strategy creates a road map for us for the next decade, which includes setting out how we will need to work together with our customers, supply chain partners and industry colleagues.”