Travis Perkins plc, which is a leading partner to the construction industry and the UK’s largest distributor of building materials, has announced that the Group has continued to make good progress against its Science Based Targets initiative (‘SBTi’) accredited, 1.5 degree-aligned carbon reduction targets.
Earlier this year, the Group confirmed that decarbonisation of the industry was the main strategic sustainability priority in response to its most recent stakeholder materiality assessment. As a result, efforts are focused on ensuring the Group is at the forefront of driving sustainability in its operations and supply chain to optimise sustainability in its products and service offering for customers.
The Group has made key progress in the following areas:
- Upskilling of colleagues to help customers make more sustainable choices
- Improved carbon data for customer deliveries
- Accelerated decarbonisation of the Group’s fleet and buildings
- Development of more sustainable products and services for customers
Group Director of Sustainability, Megan Adlen, said: “We are committed to supporting customers with the information, products and services they need to help modernise and decarbonise construction. As we continue to demonstrate, that means working relentlessly on their behalf to improve the data we collate and provide, including embodied carbon and recycled content, and with colleagues to upskill our knowledge, and with customers and suppliers to collaborate on products and solutions to meet the industry's shared ESG challenges.
“We are encouraged by the progress we have made and, given the scale and urgency of the climate change challenge we all face, we remain determined to accelerate the delivery of our decarbonisation plans at pace.”
Upskilling of colleagues to help customers make more sustainable choices
The Group has evolved its award winning Apprenticeship offering via LEAP by incorporating ESG into the core curriculum. Ensuring that all apprentices cover this topic area will help build a workforce for the future that is better equipped to meet the skills shortage and decarbonisation challenges faced by the business and the industry more widely.
To support the revolution that is needed to retrofit the existing built environment with lower carbon solutions, the Group is also working with The Retrofit Academy; a not for profit organisation, to develop the expertise required to deliver high-quality retrofit at scale. Customer teams from Travis Perkins Managed Services, CCF and support functions have completed their level 2 Understanding Retrofit qualification.
Improved carbon data for customer deliveries
The Group’s specialist insulation, drywall and ceiling product distributor, CCF, has launched a new carbon reporting trial service for customers. This provides information on the carbon emissions relating to the delivery of products to site, and is part of Travis Perkins plc’s commitment to help customers decarbonise and operate more sustainably.
As soon as trusted data is available, this reporting solution will also incorporate the embodied carbon of products in order to give insight and transparency to customers, and enable customers and end users to make better informed decarbonisation choices.
Accelerated decarbonisation of the Group’s fleet
The Group has continued to expand the use of HVO as a low carbon fuel in fleet vehicles. Following last year’s successful trial, which resulted in higher carbon savings than anticipated (92% vs 90%) in the Group’s Travis Perkins, Keyline, BSS and CCF businesses, HVO has now been expanded to 40 sites to supply over 240 vehicles, saving over 1.3m litres of diesel per annum.
In July Travis Perkins plc will also start to take delivery of its new electric forklift trucks as part of Project Switch - the largest programme of its kind - which will see up to 1,100 diesel powered forklift trucks across the Group being replaced with electric alternatives by mid 2024 (eight years ahead of schedule); saving 6,600 tonnes of carbon a year.
Accelerated decarbonisation of the Group’s buildings
As part of a new initiative, Travis Perkins plc has installed EV chargers for colleagues and visitors, and continued its LED roll out programme across its branch network. The Group has also identified key locations to test a range of low carbon technologies to gain insight into the most efficient renewable energy technologies, such as air source heat pumps and solar panels, suited to decarbonise our 1400+ buildings estate.
This new technology is then rolled out to all new branches, such as the recently opened Travis Perkins branch in Witney, Oxfordshire, where solar panels, electric forklift trucks, EV charging points and a heat pump are helping to keep the carbon footprint of the branch to a minimum.
Development of more sustainable products and services for customers
The Group’s Travis Perkins merchant business has launched WholeHouse; a new digital platform, which simplifies the traditionally complex process of planning, costing and building new homes at the click of a button. This service aims to help customers navigate an increasingly complex construction landscape with new legislation and decarbonisation targets, and to build better, more sustainable homes quickly and safely, but still keep control over the creative design elements and save time and money.
To support the retrofitting of homes, which is vital to achieve the UK’s climate change goals, the Group is supporting The National Retrofit Hub, to amplify industry collaboration and enable best practice sharing.
The Group is further convening the industry to drive change through a National House Builders Forum, where customers and suppliers are working collaboratively to address the shared challenges associated with decarbonisation.
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About Travis Perkins plc
Travis Perkins plc is a leading partner to the construction industry and the UK's leading distributor of building materials to trade customers. The Group operates market leading businesses, including Travis Perkins Builders’ Merchants, Toolstation and a number of specialists in the civils market (Keyline), heating and ventilation (BSS) and drylining and insulation (CCF), and many more. With annual revenues of £5bn, the Group employs nearly 20,000 colleagues across the UK, but also in France and Benelux through Toolstation. The company has a proud heritage that spans over 200 years. For more information, please visit www.travisperkinsplc.co.uk.