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23 November 2023

Robertson Group recognised for environmental best practice

Robertson has received the Gold Award in the 'Building & Construction: Energy Reduction’ category at this year’s Green Apple Environment Awards, which were held at the Houses of Parliament in London earlier this week (20th November).

The awards were established in 1994 as an annual campaign to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world.

Robertson, one of the largest family-owned construction, infrastructure and support service businesses in the UK, was recognised at the ceremony for its commitment to environmental responsibility.

Demonstrating strong carbon reduction leadership within its sector, the company has made significant strides in decarbonising its business, supply chain and projects. Robertson became one of the first UK businesses in the built environment to achieve carbon neutrality in 2018 and has achieved ‘climate positive’ status well ahead of its Net Zero 2030 target.

Having previously delivered ground-breaking energy-saving projects across the UK, Robertson continues to support the reduction of energy consumption in the built environment whilst championing local and national government targets. 

Robertson Facilities Management has already delivered significant reductions to carbon emissions and energy bills through its Newcastle schools decarbonisation programme. This has helped the local authority access funding and then deliver decarbonisation measures including fabric upgrades, systems replacements and renewables. It is saving 250 tonnes of operational carbon each year alongside £350,000 in cost savings a year. 

Robertson Construction Tayside also recently delivered one of the first Passivhaus schools in Scotland, Riverside Primary School. This state-of-the-art school delivers a 75% reduction in energy-use compared to a traditional design and construction. 

“To accelerate delivery on a green and just transition, we are embracing and upholding environmental best practices within our industry. Through our projects, initiatives and expertise, we are an industry leader in driving a carbon positive and sustainable future.

“Our family of businesses collectively ensure that we maintain environmental best practice. We have been working hard across our projects and with our customers to reduce energy consumption, so we are delighted that this has been recognised.”
Graeme Hannah
Director of Sustainability and Social Impact, Robertson Group

This award means that Robertson has become a Green World Ambassador and will receive automatic entry into the Green World Awards in Brazil next year.

As a responsible business, Robertson is recognised by UN Climate Neutral Now for carbon initiatives, and holds Platinum status from Zero Waste Scotland. The business is also a founding signatory of the Sustainable Market Initiative’s (SMI) Terra Carta, a guiding mandate which provides a roadmap and framework to accelerate the transition to an ambitious and sustainable future, placing Nature, People and Planet at the heart of global value creation.

Robertson Group employees at the awards ceremony

L-R: Group Supply Chain Sustainability Coordinator Abbie McKinnon with Senior Sustainability Advisor Gavin Allan