The Group recognises its responsibilities to protect and enhance the environment and to minimise, so far as it is safe, practicable and economically sound, any adverse environmentalimpact of its activities.
The Group’s commitment to the environment is set out in the company’s Environment Policy, which is underpinned by associated procedures.
Our key environmental risks are waste,
climate change, biodiversity, flooding and
sustainable timber. We strive to minimise
our impacts in these areas and to have a
positive impact where we can.
The 2019 reporting period showed an increase in overall waste per plot, driven by less waste being removed by ground workers. Reducing this will be a focus
for 2020. One solution to this issue that we have introduced this year is the use of green waste soil improvers. In certain circumstances these can be added to
existing topsoil to make it suitable for use, thus reducing the need to landfill and replace the pre-existing soil.
Overall our level of recycling increased
to 96%. To drive further improvements
we continue to enforce waste
segregation on all sites and have
increased transparency of waste
performance metrics with monthly
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.
Total waste diverted from landfill
Light Mixed Compactable Waste
Total waste to landfill
Number of plots
Case study: Waste management - a joined up approach
“All waste and recycling services
for the Group 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.
During the start of 2019 the waste
policy was reaffirmed by both the
Group and Reconomy to support the
new housing range and focus trades on
the importance of waste segregation.
Reconomy also welcomed the
Regional buying team to their
Head office to demonstrate the
new ‘Sitebuddy’ app, which enables
site teams to efficiently order skip
exchanges and to take part in the
Regular review meetings with Build
Directors, together with the production
of a monthly management dashboard
to monitor cost and waste have
enabled the swift identification of any
corrective actions, thereby ensuring the
delivery of waste management KPIs.
Regular reporting and communication
has also led to the creation of a
regional league table for waste
performance, which has fuelled
internal competition and driven
Corporate Account Manager, Reconomy
We continue to recognise the importance
of climate change and strive to minimise
the long-term impact of our homes, as
well as our operational footprint.
For our homes we take a fabric first
approach, using design and careful
material selection to reduce the need
for heating. In some cases this will be
complemented with the provision of
renewable energy sources.
From an operational perspective our
focus this year has been on revising
our company car policy to limit
CO2 emissions. We have also renewed
our forklift truck fleet and specified
machines that are no more than two
years old, to ensure improved efficiency.
Our overall GHG emissions for the
year are 6,245 tonnes, a small increase
from last year due to an increase in the
number of homes built.
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
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 partyear
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
GHG emissions have been calculated
using emission factors from UK
Government’s GHG Conversion Factors
for Company Reporting 2019. 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.
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data for the period 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019 (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.
Priorities for 2020
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.
We see biodiversity as an increasingly
important issue and strive to not only
mitigate our impacts in this area but
also to positively encourage biodiversity
where we can.
To do this we first conduct extensive
pre-construction ecology assessments.
These assessments evaluate the
suitability of habitats for protected
species and log proposals to mitigate
the impact of our developments
Two notable Group-wide biodiversity
initiatives this year have been the
introduction of hedgehog highways
on all sites (see page 51) and making
improvements to our handling of topsoil.
For the latter we worked closely with a
specialist soils consultancy to produce
clearer guidance to our sites on the
handling of soils at different stages of
This has resulted in improved
establishment of planted and seeded
landscape schemes and reduced issues
with plot gardens.
Going forward we are working to
enhance stakeholder awareness of the
ecological benefits that our development
designs and material choices can create.
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 relevant
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.
Sustainable timber supplies
We specify Forestry Stewardship Council
(FSC) or PEFC certified timber is used for
all our developments.
Mitigations may include the
retention and protection of trees,
hedgerows and existing landscape
features, new landscaping which
provides enhanced habitats for
local wildlife and the provision
of amenities for the community
(e.g. open spaces for community
food production). The ecological
enhancements provided during
Bird and bat boxes
Orchard planting with associated rough grassland
Native planting of trees, hedgerows and scrub areas
Case study: First housebuilder to install hedgehog highways on all developments
The Group has joined forces
with the British Hedgehog
Preservation Society (BHPS) to
launch a trailblazing campaign
to protect hedgehogs and other
The population of hedgehogs is sadly in
decline as they struggle to find enough
food, mates and shelter. In response
to this important issue, the Group has
committed to installing hedgehog
highways in all existing “Bovis Homes”
branded developments, as well as all
These ground-level holes in fencing and
other barriers facilitate the movement
of hedgehogs and other small mammals
As part of our ongoing partnership with
the BHPS we have also donated £5,000,
will build hedgehog homes in open green
spaces and will work with the BHPS to
provide our customers with literature on