As part of the Travis Perkins Group, at Keyline Civils Specialist we take our environmental responsibilities seriously, not only claiming to share the values of our customers - but holding ourselves accountable as proof.
We have maintained the ISO 14001 accreditation on Environmental Management for more than ten years and as part of that we are committed to:
- Reducing waste and enhancing reuse and recycling programmes
- Measuring our carbon footprint and seeking alternative renewable energy solutions
- Better understanding the environmental impact of our product range and adapting to reduce it
From our experience, engagement with suppliers is crucial for a merchant to fully quantify and manage the environmental impact of its products for customers. This is a key part of our own environmental strategy and we regularly challenge our suppliers on their environmental credentials. In particular we ask them to:
- Operate environmental management systems
- Only supply legal and certified (FSC or PEFC) timber
- Undertake environmental impact assessments if the supply of their products involves the extraction of natural materials
- Measure and reduce their own carbon footprint
- Measure and reduce the embodied carbon in their products
- Measure and reduce water consumption
- Measure and reduce waste production and improve packaging materials (particularly targeting the elimination of single-use plastic)
As well as influencing better behaviours in the supply chain, we also work hard to support our customers in meeting their own sustainability needs. For example, we provide waste services such as on-site skip hire, backhaul of packaging waste or an in-branch waste compound. We stock and sell product ranges which support sustainable construction and can help our customers to select better options. We collaborate and consult with key customers to support their own goals.
We recognise that transportation emissions are also a factor that needs quantifying.
At Keyline, our vehicles are Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) accredited to the Gold standard. This is unique among merchants and demonstrates that we have achieved exemplary performance in fuel efficiency, economical operations and vehicle emissions. By using this scheme, we were recently able to fully quantify our carbon emissions to customer Highways England when asked and will be able to do so for all customers that require emissions figures going forward. Also, we help customers to understand the carbon impact of our deliveries to their sites.
For utilities sector projects with stringent emissions and sustainability targets to meet, working with a supplier that can demonstrate its sustainability credentials along with that of its suppliers up front is crucial. By taking these steps to measure our progress and challenging our suppliers to provide proof of theirs, we can do the groundwork with regards to emissions calculations and sustainable product research so our customers don’t have to.
For more information on our utilities products and services, click here and for more information on our sustainability work, click here (p52-66).