Alumasc’s Green Building Products Strategy
In recent years, Alumasc’s strategy has been to increase focus on the development of a portfolio of modern and growing sustainable building products businesses, with the common themes of reducing or improving the efficiency of energy and water use in the built environment and providing products that reduce the life cycle cost of buildings. In addition, where possible, Alumasc offers products either manufactured or grown from sustainable or recyclable materials, including aluminium, sustainable hard and soft woods and high quality green roofing horticulture.
In view of the increasing global “green” agenda, with the built environment believed to create around 40% of man-made CO2 emissions, Alumasc believes its chosen areas of strategic focus should enable the achievement of growth rates through the construction cycle ahead of sector averages. This growth is already being driven by both demand from building owners and tenants, public planning policies and more stringent building regulations. However, we believe growth will increasingly be driven by simple economics as energy and clean water resources become more scarce and valuable, whilst at the same time technological advances improve the performance and efficiency of sustainable building solutions.
Take a look at our Rain to Drain and Supporting Sustainable Construction case studies for more information.
Carbon Management & Greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions
The group continues to work with Carbon Footprint Limited, the carbon and sustainability management specialists, as part of our initiatives to improve our environmental and sustainability credentials.
The group’s strategy of becoming a focussed supplier of premium building products has enabled the group to reduce its overall CO2 emissions by nearly 80% over the last two years to 3,225 tonnes from continuing operations in 2015/16 from 15,245 tonnes in 2013/14, see the graph below:
Whilst the majority of our reduction in CO2 emissions have resulted from the sale of our engineering businesses, our building products businesses also saw a prior year reduction in emissions by 3.6%, or 5.3% when adjusted for revenue growth in 2015/2016. This demonstrates the effect of continuing process efficiencies on group emissions as a whole.
|Tonnes of CO2e|
|Total Group Emissions||Continuing Building Products operations||All operations||Continuing Building Products operations||All operations|
|Scope 1: Combustion of fuel & operation of facilities||1,363||3,038||1,237||2,817|
|Scope 2: Electricity, heat, steam and cooling purchased for own use||1,550||2,847||1,554||2,642|
|Scope 3: Other transport related activities and
electricity transmission & distribution
|Total (scopes 1 & 2 only)||2,913||5,885||2,791||5,459|
|Total (scopes 1, 2 & 3)||3,347||6,429||3,225||5,993|
|Scope 1 & 2 emissions normalised per employee||7.0||11.5||6.2||9.9|
|Scope 1 & 2 emissions normalised per £ million turnover||32.0||59.4||30.3||55.3|