Sustainability - our progress

The steps we have taken on our journey to net zero

We are committed to ensuring that by 2030 we become a climate positive business and we have an ambitious sustainability plan to help us get there. We have already made great strides as a business and here are some of the highlights. 

Emissions reduction

  • Cut our carbon intensity by 62.85% since 2014/15 
  • Offset all of our emissions since 2018, and now offset more than we generate having fixed our offsetting level in 2020 and made further carbon reduction – meaning we are classed as ‘climate positive’ 

Climate advocacy

  • Declared a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency and our commitment to take positive action. 
  • Committed to the Race to Zero pledge, to formalise our targets and approach to net zero. 
  • Joined five other leading Edinburgh businesses and employers to sign a pledge – the Edinburgh Climate Compact – aimed at sparking radical action on climate change across the city.
  • Became partners in Climate Action groups for Dundee and Yorkshire. 
  • Signed the Terra Carta (Prince Charles’ Sustainable Markets Initiative), and actively support the Sustainable Buildings Taskforce.

Internal development

  • Continued to deliver carbon literacy training to our employees, helping empower them to make informed decisions around sustainability / carbon emissions in their day-to-day roles 
  • Established Responsible Business Leadership and Action Groups, and engaged our young people with a decarbonisation project during our Catalyst Conference 


Customer support

  • Developed long-term solutions to sustainability challenges through Clear Futures, an outcome-driven partnership for the public sector.  
  • Designing and constructing resource-efficient homes, buildings and infrastructure to minimise energy, operational costs and overall carbon emissions.  
  • Through our Facilities Management team, effectively manage energy demand and supply for thousands of buildings across the UK. 
Being a responsible business is intertwined in all that we do, in fact it has been critical to the success we have had to date.
Elliot Robertson
Chief Executive Officer, Robertson Group

Carbon Management Plan 2030

We have a detailed approach to meeting our 2030 targets through our Carbon Management Plan 2030. We are using cutting-edge and creative solutions to reduce our emissions and continuing to make our business more efficient and sustainable. 

  • 100% renewable electricity for offices, factories and sites. 
  • ‘green’ gas for offices & factories. 
  • ‘green’ plant list, with hybrid generators, solar tower lights, and efficient site accommodation. 
  • Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) to replace red diesel (with 90% less emissions). 
  • Zero emissions fleet strategy, with electric vehicles available at every company car level & EV commercial vehicle roll-out initiated. 
  • Supporting our supply chain to upskill and increase awareness around sustainability as a partner of the Supply Chain Sustainability School, which provides free sustainability self-assessments, development programmes and training content. 
  • We have signed a Sustainable Growth Agreement with SEPA, focusing on supporting our supply chain to reduce their environmental impact. 

Carbon Management Plan 2030

Our latest PPN 06/21 Carbon Management Plan, covering Robertson Construction and Robertson Facilities Management. Published October 2023.