J. Murphy & Sons Limited (30.01.15)

Demonstrating Construction and Carbon Reduction can be seen together!

An international, not-for-profit organisation, the Carbon Disclosure Project uses measurement and information disclosure to improve the management of environmental risk, inviting thousands of companies worldwide to respond to an annual questionnaire about climate change.

Just a year since J. Murphy & Sons Limited committed to the Infrastructure Carbon Review to reduce carbon emissions in major infrastructure work, the company has achieved its highest ever Carbon Disclosure Project score for its role in tackling climate change.

Commenting, Stephen Marr, Group Environmental Manager, Murphy said: “Our commitments for the Infrastructure Carbon Review have encouraged us to take stock of where we are on our green journey and set new and challenging targets. This has led to the development of a Sustainability Roadmap to help drive our wider sustainability strategy and deeper engagement with our value chain and stakeholders to meet our emission and energy reduction targets.

“Our score of 94A was a 38% improvement on our 2013 performance and would have qualified Murphy for inclusion in both the Global Climate Performance Leadership and UK Climate Disclosure Indices if we were a listed company. This is a great achievement for the business and shows how far we have come in just twelve months.”

Murphy HSQE and Sustainability Director, James O’Callaghan, adds: “We believe that innovation is the engine that drives change and we have demonstrated to ourselves over the past year that we can drive down costs by doing things differently. We have been able to work more safely, save time, reduce waste, save carbon and save water.

“With an extensive fleet of plant and transport, fuel accounts for over 90% of our direct carbon emissions. Work in this area, including enhanced driver training, has demonstrated significant savings in both carbon emissions and cost, with some £1.7m of costs and c3,000 tCO2e emissions achieved in transport fuel alone.

“The next step for us in playing our part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, whilst reducing costs, is to quantify embodied carbon on all our projects and work with our suppliers to trial more new products with recycled content.”