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20 October 2011 |
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
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.
* Watch the post award interview here: tinyurl.com/balfourbeatty