Balfour Beatty has been hired to help deliver the Edinburgh Biomes project and improve the energy efficiency of the Garden’s iconic Glasshouses.
The firm will also construct new facilities that will aid in reducing the organisation’s carbon footprint and provide a safe bio-secure propagation environment.
Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty Group chief executive, said: “Balfour Beatty set out its vision for the construction site of the future in 2017.
“But with the growing importance of the climate change emergency, we know we need to take decisive action now.
“We are proud to be at the forefront of this critical movement, leading the way in making the UK a world leader in carbon reduction and supporting our industry in delivering the infrastructure for a net-zero world.”
Commenting on Balfour Beatty’s innovative initiative, Kwasi Kwarteng secretary of state for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), said: “Balfour Beatty’s ‘Towards Zero Carbon Construction Site’ is an outstanding example of the level of ambition needed to achieve our climate goals.
“It’s inspiring to see a UK business raising the bar for net-zero construction sites, helping us all to build back greener.”
Balfour Beatty will be sharing its progress throughout the project – including learnings, opportunities, and obstacles – with customers, supply chain partners, and the government through a dedicated website.
The launch is one of a number of Balfour Beatty’s activities in the lead-up to COP26 as it demonstrates how the company, alongside its partners and customers, can shift the dial and help decarbonise the industry.
Wider activities include its Carbon Conscious training programme, a Digital Innovation Hub, and a Sustainable Evolution event.
Image: yuttana Contributor Studio/Shuuterstock
Are you a building professional? Sign up for a FREE MEMBERSHIP to upload news stories, post job vacancies, and connect with colleagues on our secure social feed.