Offsite contractor M-AR has put a comprehensive strategy into action as it works towards achieving net zero across the business.
The first phase of the plan, which is already underway, focuses on three key elements – minimising waste, reducing energy consumption, and specifying more sustainable materials.
Being a manufacturer as well as a contractor, M-AR has an advantage with greater control over production processes, they said.
For example, a controlled factory environment means that waste materials, which would typically be thrown away on site, can be easily segregated for recycling or later reuse.
As a contractor, M-AR is already working hard to reduce the number of miles travelled for each project by sourcing as much as possible locally around each site and investing into its electric company car fleet.
The company is also working closely with its wider supply chain, plant and equipment, and site delivery teams to reach its ultimate goal of achieving net zero at every stage of a project from manufacture to delivery and installation, as well as taking into account the future life cycle of the buildings produced.
Mark Fox, Manufacturing Director at M-AR said: “Offsite by its very nature already offers significant benefits in terms of sustainability, especially when compared to alternative construction methods, but that doesn’t mean that we’re resting on our laurels as we know more can be done to reduce our overall environmental impact.
“It’s not going to be a quick process but we’re in it for the long-haul, and as part of our strategy we’ll be constantly collecting data so we can see how we can make improvements to keep us on track as we progress.
“Our commitment to, and investment in, achieving net zero is about making sustainability a key part of our whole design and build process.
“As a construction company we’re building homes, schools and public buildings for the future, and taking care of our environment for that future is a vital part of that process.”
Earlier this year M-AR recertified its ISO certifications for the way it operates as a business, including ISO 45001 which is billed as being the world’s first global health and safety management system concerning the health, safety and wellbeing of staff.
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