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Environment

Overview of our economic ethos, obligations and company policy

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Vision

 

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.

Strategic Direction

 

Henry Group launched the Sustainable Business Strategy in 2014 which set a target of a 5% reduction in total GHG emissions per annum and the company has met this each year. This led the Group to reduce total GHG emissions by 34% since the baseline reporting year, exceeding the target by 9%.

The new Net Zero Strategy 2021 – 2030 sets a 2% reduction per annum for the next nine years. This strategy has projected a 50% reduction in CO2e emissions by 2030. The strategy includes an action plan of investment and projected carbon savings. This aligns with the goals of the Paris Agreement and shapes the next ten years of change within the business.

Impact

 

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.

The Net Zero Carbon Strategy sets out a plan to achieve a 50% reduction of total emissions by 2030.

Carbon emission figures reported between 1st April 2020 – 31st March 2021 show a total energy consumption of 13.79 CO2e per million Turnover for reported Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions which was a total reduction when normalised against turnover of -4.6% in the last year superseding our new target of 2%.

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.

Leaders

 

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.

Recognition

 

Read about our recent successes in sustainable construction including recognition from BREEAM/DREAM, Considerate Constructors Scheme and Environmental Awards

BREEAM/DREAM

Environmental Awards

Considerate Constructors Scheme