BAM publishes sustainability performance

BAM Construct UK, contractor on the new Co-operative headquarters in Manchester, said it has reached its target for halving waste to landfill across all its projects two years early.

Construction waste production relative to turnover was down for the fifth year running. In 2008 BAM adopted the WRAP target of halving waste to landfill by 2012. In 2010, it exceeded this target two years ahead of schedule, BAM now has a diversion rate from landfill of 85%.

The announcement came in BAM's fourth sustainability report, published on Friday. The report sets a new target of reducing carbon emissions by 25% against a 2008 baseline and a further 25% reduction in construction waste against 2010's baseline. The company is now aiming for zero non-hazardous waste to landfill. It has also committed to providing 1,000 new employment and training opportunities through its operations.

Graham Cash, chief executive of BAM Construct UK, said: "We see the market for sustainable low-carbon buildings expanding every year. To show how important it is to us we have developed a set of longer-term targets right up to 2015. We were in the forefront of leading the industry in embedding health and safety principles. We are committed to achieving similar progress on sustainability."

Total CO2 emissions fell slightly to 19,626 tonnes. BAM reduced fuel use by 480,000 litres, emissions from its premises by 8% and transport emissions by 6%. Normalized against turnover, its CO2 emissions rose slightly by 4% due to the severe winter weather conditions.

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