Balfour Beatty uses sustainability to get more for less

20 October 2011

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20 October 2011 | Adam Leach

Global construction company Balfour Beatty is looking to continue its focus on sustainability in response to the tough economic climate, one of its chiefs has said.

Speaking at its sustainability awards ceremony and film premiere yesterday evening, Mike Peasland, CEO, Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK, explained the impact the current climate is having on businesses: “Everybody is looking for more for less right now, and that is what sustainability is all about.”

Peasland, who is also chairman of the company’s sustainability working group, highlighted the importance of the supply chain in achieving its sustainability targets for 2020. “It’s about engaging with our supply chain and procuring things sustainably. We want to grow sustainably,” he said.

By 2020, the construction group, which operates in 50 countries, aims to have reshaped the way it works with its supply chain to excel in sustainability. Targets include generating zero waste to landfill from all projects and encouraging zero waste throughout the entire supply chain; helping suppliers exceed their own sustainability targets; and working with suppliers to develop more sustainable technologies, materials and processes.

At the event, the company awarded the ‘sustainable supplier award’ to GenQuip, which provides it with temporary office and storage units. By using its range of temporary spaces, Balfour Beatty has generated savings while reducing pollution and inefficiency. The Ecolootion temporary office - which houses a toilet, seating area, canteen and plant room – has an efficient generator that cuts the amount of fuel needed by 80 per cent compared with a standard generator and also reduces carbon emissions.

Earlier this month, the company was victorious at the CIPS Supply Management Awards 2011, taking home the award for ‘most improved purchasing operation – step change’ for its GrACE programme. This brought about a drastic change in how the company purchased supplies and generated savings of £15 million.

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