& Climate Change
Our Commitment to Net Zero
Lawtech Group are firmly committed to achieving Net Zero Carbon and taking an active role in the reduction of carbon emissions in the construction industry to tackle the global climate crisis. Ensuring our business and the activities we undertake do not negatively contribute to the environment is an integral element of our business and as such we aim to continuously improve our environmental management in order to reduce our carbon emissions. We have long implemented an ISO 14001-accredited Environmental Management System which is used on every project to ensure consistently high environmental standards.
In accordance with Procurement Policy Notice 06/21: Taking Account of Carbon, we constantly track our carbon emissions and have completed our Carbon Reduction Plan (CRP).
The CRP details the following:
Our commitment to achieving Net Zero Carbon by 2030
Our baseline year and current reporting year emissions for Scope 1, 2, and 3 of the GHG Protocol
Our emissions reduction targets
Our carbon reduction initiatives
At a recent project in North London, we invested substantially in a compactor for the EPS (expanded polystyrene) insulation behind the render of the EWI system. This allowed us to compact EPS to 1/50 of its original size, reducing the number of skips required to remove product from site. This resulted in a cost saving and reduced traffic-related emissions caused by the delivery and removal of skips. Whereas previously we would have sent 30+ skips full of EPS insulation to landfill, this is now zero skips, and all waste is compacted, palletized, and sold to be reused. This has since been utilised on various London sites.
The majority of products we install can be segregated and recycled whenever they reach the end of their lifecycle. Removed product is separated into its basic components and then segregated. Metals, glass, and plastics are recycled/melted down where possible. Stone/concrete and similar materials are sent away and turned into aggregate if not reusable. Terracotta and other non-combustible materials are reinstated where possible. Rockwool offcuts are sent back to Rockwool for their reuse, minimising waste. This also benefits local employment by utilising unskilled/semi-skilled labour to segregate waste.
Effective waste management is essential to the success of all projects. The nature of our works is such that a high level of waste is inevitable, and we have an array of processes in place to ensure that this is done in the most efficient way possible. We segregate waste when removing product and recycle where possible, with a 98% recycle rate targeted on all projects.
We implement a project-specific Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP) detailing our waste management practices for minimising, reusing, and recycling waste. This ensures a detailed analysis of waste and related traffic movements.