Energy & Climate Change

Climate Change is one of the biggest environmental issues on the current agenda, with the potential to affect every part of our planet. Colas take the issue of Climate Change very seriously and are committed to taking action to both mitigate and adapt.

Our mitigation measures are focused on minimising our contribution to Climate Change primarily through reducing our consumption of energy and fuel. We have achieved significant energy savings in our manufacturing operations in recent years through an extensive programme of investment and improvement, including the installation of an energy recovery system at our main production facility in Warrington. At the end of 2011, we completed our first installation of photo-voltaic panels at our Portsmouth offices; the 50kW system is able to provide the majority of the site's electricity needs throughout the year.

We closely monitor the performance of our fleet to reduce fuel consumption and strive to improve efficiency, through technology and training. All drivers receive annual training on eco-driving as part of the Safer Attitudes in Driving (SAID) campaign, and in addition many drivers receive advanced training which includes eco-driving principles. The majority of our operational vehicles are now fitted with speed limiters to save fuel and reduce emissions.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) are monitored for Scope 1, 2 and selected Scope 3 emissions across all our operations in accordance with ISO14064 methodology. Registration to CEMARS (Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme), demonstrating our commitment to reducing our contribution towards climate change and we are currently further developing our GHG reduction strategies to deliver our targets.
Through innovative and intelligent engineering we are helping our customers with the challenges of climate change adaptation planning. Our Value Management Team has the tools and expertise to identify asset management solutions building resilience into the infrastructure to cope with the predicted impacts of climate change.