The Group has adopted an environment policy and recognises its responsibilities to protect and enhance the environment and to minimise, so far as it is safe, practicable and economically sound, any adverse environmental impact of its activities.
The Group seeks to minimise its impact on the environment through a number of activities including reducing waste from its activities, limiting as far as practicable our greenhouse gas emissions, ecology and sustainable water management and the maintenance or incorporation of open space in our developments.
The Group recognises that as a leading national home builder it needs to minimise its impact on the environment. We always aim to operate efficiently, reducing waste and minimising the energy and natural resources we use.
During 2018 we benefited from a full year of having a single waste and recycling partnership with Reconomy. The 2018 reporting period showed a modest increase in overall waste per plot with consistent data from our landfill and recycling outputs giving us insight to the next actions we will take. Overall our level of recycling remained steady at 94% and we are making significant progress in reducing waste and expect 2019 to show further improvements.
We now have a fully segregated waste policy across all regional and at site level, and regular monthly management information is made available at all levels to support monitoring and corrective action.
Total waste diverted from landfill
Total waste to landfill
Number of plots
*Aggregation of multiple sources for 2017 and prior.
We continue to research and develop more efficient build processes and modern methods of construction which should reduce the amount of waste generated from our activities.
Case study: A joined up approach to waste management
“All waste and recycling services for Bovis Homes are managed by its appointed partner, Reconomy – the UK’s leading provider of outsourced waste management services. Since first joining forces in 2009, the two companies have formed a close working relationship, with an ongoing commitment to minimising waste volumes, increasing recycling rates and reducing waste sent to landfill.
By moving away from the use of general waste skips and implementing a focused, group-wide policy of effective waste segregation at source, the partnership achieved further success in 2018.In March 2018 Bovis Homes Group and Reconomy refreshed the waste policy to the regional business units. Bovis Homes gave this additional focus during weekly conference calls, supportedby Reconomy so that waste is now a focal point at all Regional meetings. Furthermore, Reconomy provided monthly visits to all sites, providing onsite support, tool box talks, and support where required.
Regular review meetings with Build Directors, together with the production of a monthly management dashboardto monitor cost and waste have enabled the swift identification of any corrective actions, thereby ensuring the delivery of Bovis Homes waste management KPIs. Regular reportingand communication have also led to the creation of a regional league table for waste performance, which has fuelled internal competition and driven further improvements.”
Greenhouse gas emissions
We continue to recognise the importance of climate change and minimise our impact on the environment.
Our impact on climate change also means that careful thought is given to the homes that we build. Our preference is for a fabric first approach to ensure that the heating of space, which has the greatest impact on a home’s energy efficiency, is mitigated as far as possible within the actual construction of homes.
We continue to review green energy provision on our developments, including the use of photovoltaic roof tiles in place of traditional panels.
We have revised our company car policy to limit CO2 emissions and have renewed our forklift truck fleet and specified machines to be no more than 2 years old, to ensure improved efficiency.
Performance and methodology
GHG emissions have been reported from all sources required under the Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Report) Regulations 2013. These sources fall within the Group’s operational control. The Group does not have responsibility for any emission sources that are not included in the consolidated financial statements and are outside the boundary of operational control.
During the year, measures were operated to collect emissions data from our construction sites. Where this data was incomplete at the year end, we have extrapolated total emissions by using (i) an averaging approach to extend data to a full year for sites with part-year data, and (ii) applied an average calculated from all sites to sites returning inadequate data. The calculations allow for sites which opened and closed during the year.
GHG emissions have been calculated using emission factors from UK Government’s GHG Conversion Factors for Company Reporting 2018. Scope 1 emissions arise from the consumption of gas at our facilities, diesel on construction sites and UK business mileage in fleet cars. Emissions from air conditioning in offices have been excluded as not being material. Scope 2 emissions represent purchased electricity. Scope 3 emissions represent business mileage completed in private vehicles.
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data for the period 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018 (with prior year comparatives)
Combustion of fuel at our facilities and construction sites as well as fleet vehicle use (Scope 1 emissions)
Purchased electricity (Scope 2 emissions)
Total GHG emissions (Scope 1 and Scope 2)
Scope 3 emissions (private vehicle mileage)
Company’s chosen intensity measurements:
(i) Total GHG emissions per legally completed unit (1)
(ii) Total GHG emissions per 1,000 sq ft legally completed
*Tonnes of CO2e. ** Tonnes of CO2e per legally completed unit. † Tonnes of CO2e per
1,000 sq ft legally completed. (1) re stated to include scope 3 emissions.
Priorities for 2019
Reduce our GHG emissions against our chosen intensity measures.
To reduce the cost and tonnes per sqft built
Measure and therefore maximise skip volume to ensure skip capacity is fully utilised on site.
Open space, ecology and sustainable water management
Our developments are about more than just homes and the incorporation of open space and communal areas is considered at an early stage.
All of our sites are subject to extensive pre-construction assessments. Our ecology assessments include an evaluation of the suitability of habitats for protected species and proposals to mitigate the impact of our developments more generally. Mitigating measures can include translocating species and creating wildlife corridors. An archaeological assessment will also be undertaken to determine whether a site is likely to contain archaeological remains and any mitigating actions that may be required.
We work closely with local authorities to retain and protect trees wherever possible and provide mature environments for local wildlife populations. Where trees are removed, we aim to provide a net improvement to the number of habitats, through planting and the inclusion of bird and bat boxes and other wildlife habitats.
All sites are reviewed at acquisition stage to determine the likely ground conditions and the type of surface water measures required to limit surface water discharge and any potential for localised flooding. This involves active consultation with the Environment Agency and water authorities to ensure that there is, as a minimum, no impact from our development on local flood conditions. Our approach is not to acquire sites on flood plains and to incorporate sustainable drainage systems where appropriate for the development.
We specify Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) or PEFC certified timber is used for all of our developments.
Case study: House builder Bovis Homes paves way to landfill-free future
Bovis Homes in Bishop’s Cleeve has
achieved zero-to-landfill status after
an ‘incredible transformation’ that
has seen a recycling overhaul at its
Western region headquarters.
Desk bins have been replaced with
eco-sort recycling bins and improved its
waste management system as part of
a green strategy that will now see the
processes implemented in the company’s
Stafford and Coleshill locations.
Cheltenham-based recycling and
shredding firm Printwaste, which has
worked with Bovis Homes for 14 years,
has been part of the success story and
praised the changes.
Simon Vincent, business development
"Bovis Homes decided
to expand their partnership with us,
and now have a tailor-made waste
management system in place.
"They’ve brought in new recycling
practices, such as replacing desk bins
with our eco-sort recycling bins, and
positioning these effectively within
"They’ve also achieved zero-to-landfill
status at their Bishop’s Cleeve site, and
we are now working hard to achieve
this across their other two sites in
Stafford and Coleshill.
"This has been an incredible
transformation, and shows how, with
a few simple changes and a whole
team effort, we can all go green."
Bovis Homes made the changes as
General Data Protection Regulation
(GDPR) came into effect and underwent
a waste audit which looked at where its
waste streams are deposited.
Simon Bond, facilities co-ordinator at
Bovis Homes, said:
"We are thrilled
with the changes we have made after
working with Printwaste.
"Our employees have been very quick
to adapt to the changes and we are
seeing increasingly positive results as we
progress our waste management.
"Bovis Homes is committed to
reducing its carbon footprint and this
is the latest in a number of steps we
have taken, including reducing our
paper storage, to achieve this."
Bovis Homes representatives also
visited the Printwaste offices to find
out more about its operations as part
of the process.
The two companies have been in
partnership for more than 14 years,
when Printwaste recycled the
home builder’s used IT equipment,
electrical waste and shredded