As a business, we are focused on the future and committed to doing our part in protecting the planet, and have successfully retained our Environmental Management ISO 14001 certification for over a decade. We take sustainability seriously and take an extensive view of our impact on the environment: from waste and biodiversity to water usage and carbon calculation. Our approach is rooted in setting realistic targets based on meticulously measured data, including the dataset from our partnership with carbon calculation platform, Normative.

When considering our carbon footprint, we take a comprehensive approach; considering our scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions to give us a full picture of our carbon footprint. Regular reviews of our processes, products, and vehicle fleet both on-site and in our offices help us to identify areas where we can make improvements in the most environmentally friendly ways possible. By continuously measuring and evaluating our environmental impact, we are able to stay accountable to our sustainability goals and work towards reducing our carbon footprint while contributing to a more sustainable future for all.

Journey to Net Zero

Our sustainability journey is summarised by our new initiative “Journey to Net Zero”. This initiative encompasses all the efforts we are undertaking to support the United Nation’s climate target of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees. Primarily, we have set the goal of reaching net zero emissions across scopes 1, 2 and 3 by 2050. Read our Journey to Net Zero Roadmap for more details.

Partnering with carbon calculation platform, Normative, we have calculated our carbon emissions across scopes 1, 2 and 3. What makes this approach unique is that many companies only consider their scopes 1 & 2 emissions when attempting to reach net zero emissions. In fact, Normative estimate that 91% of businesses don’t measure their emissions fully. To give you an indication of scale, scope 3 accounts for 97% of our business’s total emissions, and this proportion isn’t uncommon.

Environmental Report

In 2023, we implemented some exciting improvements to processes across Gratte Brothers Group. Now, well into the second year of our Journey to Net Zero, we are bolstering our datasets and making tangible progress towards our key milestones. We will continue to report our progress in our annual reports, as well as smaller, more frequent updates throughout the year.

To read our latest report (2023), click here.
To read our 2022 report, click here.

Community Wood Recycling

Our sites provide a host of environmental challenges, such as the vast quantity of timber pallets used to transport equipment to site. To ensure this precious resource does not end up in landfill, we’ve partnered with Community Wood Recycling. Its innovative approach includes upcycling timber into furniture and converting it to biopellets for energy production. The enterprise also provides training, jobs and volunteering opportunities for people marginalised from the labour market – benefiting hundreds of people annually.

Group Sustainability Manager, Alice Kilner

“Our great holistic commitment to sustainability focuses on key areas including waste, biodiversity and emissions. We are looking ahead with positivity regarding our net zero journey, and are excited to collaborate industry-wide to drive positive change”

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