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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 for 2022.

    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 about 280 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.

    Our baseline year emissions for the financial year (f/y) 2019/20 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). In f/y 2020/21, we saw a reduction of more than 45% to 1,835.5 tCO2e, largely as a result of changes in behaviour enforced by the pandemic.

    As at May 2022, we are in the process of signing up to a near term, 1.5’C aligned, target with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) which commits us to:

    • Reduce absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions by 42% by 2030 from a 2020 base year, and to measure and reduce Scope 3 emissions.

    It is our ambition to fully account and disclose all three emissions scopes in accordance with the GHG Protocol to support our transition to net zero. It’s essential we do this as our Scope 3 emissions will be significant. To help us deliver on this expectation we are currently trialling SmartWaste, sustainability and environmental monitoring and reporting software by BRE.