Infrastructure in the UK is responsible for more than half of the UK’s total carbon emissions. While Kaymac doesn’t construct new buildings, as engineers, our responsibility to act is clear. We recognise the importance of minimising or eliminating our carbon output and the critical part we play in the construction industry’s endeavors to become carbon neutral by 2025.
We are continuously aware of the daily challenges that climate change poses in every aspect of our work. It is indisputable that the global climate is changing, and how we design, plan, and orchestrate systems is perpetually affected by this ever-increasing issue.
As civil and marine engineers, we have first-hand experience of the water’s powerful effect on our world. Water is susceptible to climate change, and it is the medium through which many of these changes will impact us as a global society and as an island nation. Rising temperatures with an increase in storms and more intense rainfall means an inevitable increase in flooding, both inland and coastal flooding.
Our three current commitments to help us minimise climate change and achieve a sustainable future:
1. Measure our carbon footprint and choose sustainable solutions
2. Supporting all sectors and raising awareness for sustainability in construction
3. Collaboration to support the natural environment
Our policies are aligned with our ethos: to strive to work to help combat climate change in every area of our industry for our surrounding communities. Build clever – Build Efficiently – Minimise Waste.
We measure our carbon footprint annually and strive to improve our score each year by choosing sustainable solutions, where possible, to ensure we are helping to lessen the effects of climate change. Kaymac supports the more comprehensive global ‘Construction Declares’ movement to help promote a joined-up and strategic approach to combining resources, lobbying government, and driving meaningful and effective change. We raise awareness of the climate and biodiversity emergencies and the urgent need for mitigation and adaptation action among our employees, clients, peers, collaborators, and supply chains.
Our dedication to protecting the natural environment has made us active members of the Sustainability Supply Chain School. It has also allowed us to work closely with Natural Resource Wales during the planning stage of our projects to minimise the disruption to wildlife, protected species, and the natural environment. Every structure we work on sits within a natural setting; therefore, as engineers, everything we do must consider the site’s unique ecosystem – this makes climate change an important factor in planning considerations on every project we undertake.
We know that tackling climate change is our world’s biggest challenge today. Kaymac is committed to achieving net carbon zero, reducing our impact on our natural environment, and delivering greener facilities designed for the future. Kaymac is a globally responsible company at the forefront of innovative, productive operation, and we care about the environment. We have developed an environmental management system by the requirements of the International Environmental Management Standard ISO 14001, through which we set, review and implement environmental targets. We focus on maintaining and enhancing ‘a biodiverse natural environment with healthy functioning ecosystems, which we know, link to well-being.
We offset any emissions that cannot be eliminated. Kaymac is proud to be a 100% carbon neutral company and is fully committed to remaining this way. Our carbon output record in 2021 was 56,497.83kg, and, on average, six mature trees absorb 1,000 kilograms of carbon per year; we have over 2,500 mature trees on our plant and equipment storage premises, equating to approximately 416,666kg of carbon absorption. In addition, we commit to using low or zero-emission vehicles where possible, use paperless techniques, and plant an additional ten trees each year to sustain our carbon-neutral business and mission to protect the wider global environment.