Amey pushes green ambitions
ITS (UK) Executive Member Amey says it is stepping up its green ambition in the run up to COP26 to meet the growing demand for innovative solutions to meet climate challenges.
Amey’s green ambition is set out in its Social Value Plan and its recently launched Roadmap to Net Zero. Amey has committed to reducing its carbon emissions to net zero by 2040, while it says its in-house Consultancy business has a growing team of specialists developing pioneering solutions for clients across our business from transport to facilities management.
The company says its leading-edge innovation in this area includes designing the UK’s first carbon neutral road improvement project – an £8m National Highways carriageway reconstruction in Cumbria, pioneering the use of solar lighting towers on site at Brent Cross sidings in support of Network Rail’s 2050 ambition for a low emissions railway and introducing energy saving smart lighting solutions for school estates.
To help support this work Amey is introducing a new Environmental Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship programme. This will see apprentices gain an IEMA-accredited Environmental Management degree with Coventry University supporting the apprentices’ practical development at Amey.
Amey says its green ambition extends through all the company does, from providing innovative solutions to supporting clients reach their own carbon reduction targets, through to creating more environmentally sustainable infrastructure for the communities we serve.
The company’s announced it plans to achieve Scope 1 and 2 net zero by 2035 with a minimum of 80% absolute reduction on a 2019 baseline and be be fully net zero including Scope 3 by 2040
Amey is using its innovation platform, Springboard to encourage employees to submit their ideas on how the business could reach its net zero ambition and says more than 260 ideas have been submitted. The ideas are now being reviewed and moving into delivery stage.
Amanda Fisher, CEO at Amey, said, “As an engineering company that delivers critical services across the built environment, transport infrastructure, energy and utilities management, we recognise the urgency and focus needed to reduce emissions.
“Change will come through everyone looking at what they can do to make a difference, so encouraging and supporting our teams to develop new talent and share their ideas is crucial.
“Working collectively with our employees, our clients and supply chain partners will drive the change needed to achieve the goals to minimise our impact on climate change.”
Amey says that with COP26 bringing world leaders together to discuss and make commitments to tackling climate change, it is bringing its young people to the forefront, focusing on the day-to-day roles that are bringing about positive environmental change.