BAM people are rising to the challenge to reduce 150,000km of car journeys for 2019’s World Environment Day (WED).
Across the business, people swapped car journeys for 100,000km so far by choosing options such as cycling, walking, car sharing, public transport and using technology by working from home.
BAM Nuttall people working in offices and project sites up and down the UK, as well as teams from BAM Construct and Royal BAM Group employees, are helping the business achieve its science based targets for reducing the CO2 emissions of its operations. The initiative has spread to customers’ teams, including Environment Agency.
Stuart Mackay, Regional Communications Manager, embraced the World Environment Day (WED) challenge and made significant changes to his journeys during this initiative, significantly reducing his usual 2000 miles of personal and work journeys. Stuart swapped using his car for cycling, trains, car shares, and walking (even in the rain!) which meant he only used his car 3 times during the whole month.
Stuart commented “It wasn’t until I began thinking about the WED initiative that I started to realise how naïve I am about the impact that car travel has on the environment. I wanted to make some permanent changes to my travel habits, although I had to plan trips to begin with, I can now look at my son and the next generation and feel like I’m doing more to reduce CO2. There’s been unexpected benefits like being able to work while travelling on a train, which I couldn’t do driving 4 hours from the North of Scotland to Glasgow.
For the first time in years I’ve no unread emails in my inbox and I get to take in Scotland’s scenery, which is great for my wellbeing! My fitness has also improved. I’ve even chosen to opt for an environmentally friendly hybrid car instead of the saloon car that I would once have chosen.”
Although replacing and eliminating car journeys was the focus for WED this year, BAM teams spend a significant amount of time and effort finding better and permanent ways for the business to reduce its carbon use.
The Kilsyth office has leased an electric vehicle (EV) pool car for short journeys such as railway pick-ups and drop offs, lunch trips and getting to and from meetings in Glasgow. The Camberley and Kilsyth offices have installed EV charge points, and the roll out continues at other offices and project sites.
The project team working with the British Geological Survey in Glasgow hire an AJC “Zero emission” cabin, powered by Solar PV and hydrogen gas, instead of traditional diesel generators. This improves air quality, reduces carbon emission and is quieter.