Case study: Willmott Dixon's approach to sustainability

Claire Smith, Principal Sustainable Development Manager at Willmott Dixon Re-Thinking discusses their approach to sustainability and why buying renewable energy is a crucial part of their strategy.

Willmott Dixon has high ambitions when it comes to carbon management.

As a leading constructor of sustainable buildings (it was the force behind sustainability exemplars such as WWF’s The Living Planet Centre and the UK’s largest non-residential Passivhaus development), it takes a rigorous approach to managing its own carbon emissions.

Its target, to halve carbon emissions by 2020, against a 2010 baseline, is one of the most challenging in its sector.

The company has a strong carbon and energy management strategy, but the fact remains that it takes a lot of energy to construct and maintain the built environment.

SmartestEnergy’s carbon neutral energy product, based on electricity generated from solar, wind and hydro-electric sources, enabled Willmott Dixon to power all its offices, where it was responsible for energy procurement, from renewable sources, bringing the company one step closer to achieving its target.

The deal struck with SmartestEnergy was competitive against the company’s standard energy contracts. Longer term, Willmott Dixon is currently investigating the use of renewable energy for its construction sites.

The privately-owned construction, property and housing group Willmott Dixon was the first in its sector to achieve The Carbon Trust Standard.

It was a pioneer of The Carbon Trust’s new Supply Chain Standard – and remains the only carbon neutral company in its sector.

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