Balfour Beatty saves £54 million with recycling scheme

23 October 2012

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23 October 2012 | Anna Reynolds

Balfour Beatty has saved £54 million by working with key suppliers to recycle raw materials, avoiding eight million tones of waste in the process.

The saving was the result of work across four of the construction giant’s projects with the Highways Agency and was one of a number of projects that formed part of its sustainability programme.

Elsewhere, it collaborated with electronics group Siemens on streetlights in Coventry. By redesigning the lamps and putting in a central control system that meant lights could be dimmed remotely, the company saved 900 tonnes of carbon emissions and reduced energy consumption by 38 per cent.

Balfour Beatty has also worked closely with Mercedes Benz to adapt the  automotive manufacturer’s vans by implementing Eco-Start engines, which has helped to reduce CO2 production by 34g/km.

Additional cost savings of £13 million over a five-year period are expected from switching to a managed print programme, using ‘pull print technology’ that prints double sided in black and white as a default. 

The company published the findings in its October 2012 Roadmap report, which highlighted ways to build on its progress towards creating a sustainable supply chain and detailed targets for the future. Chief executive Ian Tyler said: “The Roadmap articulates the group-wide strategies necessary to ensure the long-term viability of Balfour Beatty. These include customer service, client management and staff diversity and development. I’ve been enormously impressed by the way in which our teams have taken the original Roadmap to heart.”

According to Balfour Beatty supply chain director Andrew Haworth, the company is close to reaching level 2 on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ ‘Flexible Framework' for sustainable procurement.

Chris Whitehead, group head of sustainability, said: “The Flexible Framework has provided Balfour Beatty with a structured approach to responsible sourcing by focusing on the key supply chain impacts. We are now accelerating our approach with supplier development plans that align with our 2020 vision of Balfour Beatty and its supply chain members becoming equal partners in delivering our clients’ sustainability goals.”

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