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Costain gets CEMARS for carbon footprint reduction

Costain has received third-party certification from the Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS) for the fifth consecutive year for reducing its carbon footprint.The CEMARS standard was awarded by supplier information management business Achilles, and includes a yearly review to ensure the company is continuing to meet its reduction goals.

CEMARS said Costain met the requirements of the certification scheme by measuring its greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with ISO 14064-1:2006. The company has also demonstrated its commitment to managing and reducing its emissions across its operational activities.

Since 2010 Costain has implemented a range of resource efficiency measures that have led to a 19.25% reduction in normalised emissions (tCo2e per £m revenue). This year the business is aiming for a 5% reduction in non-operational carbon per £1M against 2013 baseline.

During the past year Costain has hosted a number of supply chain collaboration events and invested in a range of innovation projects with supply chain partners and academic research institutions to develop its understanding of low carbon supply chains in infrastructure. It said this has led to a number of industry leading interventions including energy management systems in site accommodation, and the use of telemetry on site plant to optimise plant procurement and operation.

Damien Canning, Costain’s head of carbon management, said: “Recertification of our data by CEMARS, along with the significant reductions we have realised during the past five years, demonstrates our commitment to ensuring we are driving resource efficiency across the group.

“A clear understanding of the cost savings associated with these endeavours is crystallising at all levels and disciplines across the group, and we are now approaching a critical mass where these considerations will become business as usual.”

Author: Maureen Gaines, Editor, WET News Find on Google+
Topic: Contractors
Tags: Costain , supply chain , greenhouse gas emissions , Procurement

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