Willmott Dixon is
underlining its commitment to being a carbon neutral company by sending out the
winner of its sustainability champion award to Uganda to see a carbon
offsetting project it is helping to fund.
environmental manager for Willmott Partnership Homes, is visiting the African
country to see first-hand the Improved Cookstoves
Project, one of three projects Willmott Dixon is investing to offset
its 2015 carbon emissions. By subsidising the sale of cleaner, more efficient cookstoves, the project not
only reduces carbon emissions, but also has a big impact on people’s health, by
improving indoor air quality.
Melissa is finding out
how the cookstoves are made and funded, and talking to people who have
benefited. She is documenting the
project for her colleagues back home, to give them a better awareness of what
carbon offsetting is, and why Willmott Dixon does it.
The opportunity came about after she was named the company’s sustainability champion
at its inaugural awards in May for her work in the UK promoting eco-friendly
practices on projects in the Midlands.
Willmott Dixon has
been a carbon neutral company since 2012, which has been through a mix of
reducing its energy use and carbon emissions across its operations, as well as
investing significantly in a carbon offsetting programmes oversees.
“Carbon offsetting is an important part of our low carbon message, helping to
make the world a more sustainable place for future generations. I’m really
looking forward to finding out how our investment is helping people in Uganda,
so that I can tell my colleagues, clients and supply chain partners all about
it when I get back.”
intends to halve its carbon emissions intensity by 2020, compared with 2010. In
2014, it exceeded its 2010 carbon emissions reduction target by over 100%, and in
2015 it reported that carbon emissions (relative to turnover) were now 31%
lower than 2010 baseline.
Group Chief Executive: “While we have robust carbon and energy management
measures in place, it is not possible for us to stop using energy
altogether. Investing in offsetting our unavoidable carbon emissions
helps mitigate our impact on the environment, while making a real difference to
Melissa wins her title as company sustainability champion 2016. She is joined by Jonathon Porritt and Rick Willmott
will help to bring the project to life for all of our people and raise
awareness, beyond our business, of the benefits of carbon offsetting.
We’d like to thank Natural Capital Partners, our offset partners, for
organising this fantastic experience for Melissa.”
You can find out
more about Willmott Dixon’s sustainability journey here
and its key achievements from last year in its sustainable development review here
You can get all the
updates from Melissa’s trip on Twitter @willmottdixon #MelissaInUganda