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    ‘Cut it out for good’

    It is our objective to transition to net zero and to do as much as we can as quickly as possible to achieve a minimum 42% reduction in Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 (from a 2020 base year) and to measure and reduce Scope 3 emissions.

    Diesel and other fossil fuels used in our operations is one of the biggest impacts we have that we are directly responsible for and so, it is one of our main focus areas.

    One way we are tackling this is through our campaign to stop unnecessary idling, ‘Cut it out for good’. While some vehicles, such as welfare vans, have a requirement to run their engines while stationary, most don’t. It is this unnecessary idling we are seeking to address.

    The campaign takes a three-pronged approach, highlighting the harm being caused to the climate and people’s, especially children’s, health, as well as drawing attention to the financial cost. It includes a ‘no-idling’ pledge that we’re asking our machine operators, van drivers, and other employees who drive a vehicle whether company-owned or not, to sign to demonstrate their commitment to cut out unnecessary idling.

    “I pledge to stop unnecessary idling to improve health, prevent harmful emissions, and save money.

    I’m cutting it out for good.”

    While we own and operate a significant fleet of machines, vehicles and equipment, not all of our work is self-delivered. We will, therefore, be seeking to influence our subcontractors and supply chain to modify their own behaviours and support us in achieving our objectives.

    As data becomes available, we will provide details on the anticipated reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and consumption of diesel on our website.

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    About Knights Brown

    We’re an independent, multidisciplinary construction company with fewer than 300 direct employees and divisional offices in Hampshire, Bridgend and Kent. We work with public sector and private customers across southern England and Wales and serve energy sector customers all over the UK. We’re down to earth and approachable, with the agility to respond swiftly and decisively to changing circumstances.

    Our environmental management system is accredited to ISO 14001:2015 and we have always taken a responsible and proactive approach towards the environment. In 2021, we released our first comprehensive strategy to respond specifically to the climate and nature emergency.

    In 2022, our emissions reduction target (stated below) was approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi):

    “Knights Brown commits to reduce absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 42% by 2030 from a 2020 base year, and to measure and reduce Scope 3 emissions.”

    This target is now published on the SBTi website as well as We Mean Business.

    A science-based target is one that is aligned with making the scale of reduction in greenhouse gas emissions necessary to cap global temperature rise at 1.5 ° C, which is what is required to limit the worst effects of climate change. We are confident it is achievable even as we seek to grow our business.

    Our baseline year emissions in 2020 totalled 3,376.96 tCO2e as disclosed under the Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting requirement for Scopes 1 and 2 and limited Scope 3s (private use vehicles only). For the 2023 financial year we recorded a reduction of 44% to 1,893.4 tCO2e.