Boot displays its green credentials

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Henry Boot Construction is celebrating cutting the volume of greenhouse gasses it produces for every £1 million of turnover it earns by almost a quarter.

The company, part of the Sheffield-based Henry Boot group, called in independent environmental consultancy Ecus to assess energy usage by its Dronfield headquarters, regional offices in Manchester and vehicle fleet.

Ecus, based at Blackburn Road, Meadowhall, found emissions were the lowest they had been since 2008, despite an increase in business activity.

Henry Boot Construction’s reductions in energy consumption have also been aided by the installation of solar cells at its Dronfield site.

Head of management services, Richard Grafton, said: “We are pleased to see an overall reduction in the company’s carbon footprint and an improvement in energy efficiency.

“This is the culmination of a lot of hard work from employees across two locations and investment from Henry Boot Construction to bring the company in line with more sustainable levels of consumption.

“As an organisation which operates nationally, energy consumption can have an impact on overall costs, profitability and ultimately the environment.

“It’s therefore vital to ensure we are as efficient as possible to provide the best possible service to our customers while reducing unnecessary negative impact.”

Ecus says its carbon footprint assessment didn’t include greenhouse gas produced by refrigeration, water supply and treatment, material use, waste disposal, business travel, other than by motor vehicle, or transport of goods, but could be extended to include those areas in the future.