Overview of our economic ethos, obligations and company policy
The Henry Brothers vision is to be an industry leading and environmentally conscious business. Sustainability is embedded into the company’s core strategic decision-making process and is represented at all stages of the project lifecycle. This holistic approach encapsulates all sectors of the business, engages our employees, and empowers our site teams to deliver high quality and sustainable design and build projects using innovative solutions, focusing on the end user requirements.
The Sustainability Agenda provides a robust framework which captures progress, and the actions required to maintain competitive advantage whilst sustaining our core values.
This strategy plays a prominent role from the early planning and design stages of all projects through to project completion. We operate an EMS to ISO 14001:2015 and along with our Environmental Policy and objectives we balance economic prosperity with sensitivity to the environment.
The construction industry is responsible for intensive use of energy, raw materials, and water in the creation of buildings and infrastructure. We manage this impact through our UKAS accredited ISO 14001:2015 management system.
Our key performance indicators of sustainability, agreed by our Board of Directors, are benchmarked against industry best practice, through the annual Environmental Benchmarking Survey. For the last five years, Henry Brothers has been a platinum scoring company in the Environmental Benchmarking Survey, which positions the business as a top scoring business in Northern Ireland for environmental improvement.
Our Sustainable Business Strategy includes annual companywide targets: 5% reduction for carbon emissions (when normalised against turnover), a 5% reduction of waste generated, ≥ 95% diversion of waste from landfill, and a 5% reduction in water use across the business. We also have set a KPI for enhancing Biodiversity across the business which we measure based on engagement with local schools, community groups, universities, and colleges.
From 2016-2019 our figures report a reduction of -34% of total Green House Gas emissions arising from energy, fuel and transport use across the group operations. This has been achieved by initiatives including the installation of photovoltaic panels to our head offices, which will equate to a saving of 540 tonnes of C02 over the next 20 years; refreshing the company fleet to 30% hybrid or fully electric vehicles; training our staff and investing in sustainable products and materials.
*All monitoring is reported using the SustainIQ App with a full audit trail of energy bills, meter readings, waste transfer dockets and recycling reports for full transparency of our reporting.
Key highlights from 2019:
-34% reduction in total GHG emissions between the baseline year 2015 and 2019
-41% reduction in water use across the business operations between the 2015 baseline and 2019
98.4% waste diverted from landfill in 2019
45% of our sites achieved achieved 42/50 or above in the Considerate Constructors Scheme. Our average score was 40 in 2019 compared to the industry average of 36.
3.7 % increase in Environmental audit scores between 2014 and 2019.
In 2015, Henry Brothers established a research partnership with Queen’s University Belfast, resulting in the creation of cutting-edge industry leading research projects on sustainability in the construction sector. This research enhances our understanding of sustainable development in construction, which enables Henry Brothers to further develop our sustainability agenda.