The building and construction industry accounts for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions across the globe, and we play a vital role in helping to meet the UK’s target to reduce net emissions of greenhouse gases by 100%, relative to 1990 levels, by 2050 – also known as ‘net zero’ or ‘carbon neutral’.  

We can already see the impacts of climate change and these will become more severe and widespread as global temperatures rise – just how great depends on our success in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

At Robertson, our Responsible Business Policy is aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 13 – Climate Action. 

We have dedicated responsible business ambassadors across Robertson who are championing our people to support decarbonisation, encourage best practice and really get everyone thinking about ways to reduce our negative environmental impact – along with our supply chain, each and every member of Team Robertson has a part to play. 

Our targets for 2030:

The UK Government recently announced a new target to reduce the UK’s emissions by at least 68% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. The Scottish Government has set its own target of a 75% reduction by 2030. And many local authorities have set even more ambitious targets to be net zero carbon by 2030 – highlighting the importance of taking decisive action now.

To support this we have launched our Responsible Business 2030 Strategy, which helps us communicate the key outcomes we will deliver and the commitments we have made to support this.

In terms of climate action, we have committed to ensuring that by 2030 we move beyond being a carbon neutral business to become ‘climate positive’, generating zero emissions from our offices, commercial fleet and construction sites within our operational control. We will create a biodiversity net gain on our projects and become carbon positive without increasing our offsetting.

In turn, we've made a range of commitments that we will deliver by 2030, including:

What we’ve been doing on our journey to net zero:

We’ve also been recognised for some of the actions we’ve taken, through:

Our next steps:

We’re listening and learning too

During construction of The Event Complex Aberdeen one of our supply chain proposed we use recycled oil and gas pipes for piling – saving 2,000 tonnes of steel (around 3,800 tonnes of carbon emissions). This was a fantastic initiative and just one example of how we can make an even bigger impact when we work together. 

Do you have suggestions on how we can further improve our projects and activities to reduce carbon emissions? Let us know at responsiblebusiness@robertson.co.uk