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Wates pledges zero waste and carbon by 2025

Seeing the British Government’s own sustainability targets, of achieving a net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the contractor company Wates has chosen to improve even further upon this by setting the recent target of producing zero waste and carbon emissions from operations by as soon as 2025.

According to a statement which Wates recently released, the company will achieve this zero waste and carbon emissions target through specifically ensuring that none of the company’s operations will produce was or carbon, none of the company’s vehicles will produce carbon emissions, and will offset what little carbon is produced by having a positive impact on natural environments.

The Wates Chief Executive, David Allen stated: “We have established bold, ambitious, deliberately stretching targets for creating zero harm to the environment by 2025 because we believe that by committing to something extraordinary, we can achieve something extraordinary.

“Together with our partners, we will reduce waste and carbon, and improve our natural environment for generations to come.

“Our industry has made and continues to make an unhelpful contribution to the global climate crisis.  We have a responsibility to reduce and eventually to reverse the impact we are having on our planet and are determined that everyone in the Wates Group will do what is necessary to make a real and lasting difference.”

Wates aims to achieve these lofty goals by replacing their commercial vehicle fleet with all-electric vehicles and also by planting 5,000 trees per year.

The Group Health, Safety, Environment, and Quality Director, John Dunne commented: “It is no secret that we work in one of the least environmentally sustainable industries in the world.

“According to the Construction Climate Challenge, our sector is responsible for up to 50 per cent of climate change, 40 per cent of energy usage and 50 per cent of landfill waste.

“At Wates, we know that this cannot continue. We are choosing to take a leading role in reducing our industry’s environmental impact. We work with a diverse range of public and private sector partners and businesses of all sizes are part of our supply chain. A key part of achieving zero harm to the environment will be working collaboratively with these partners.”

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