Walter Lilly is committed to achieving Net Zero by 2050 and continues to work toward net carbon zero emissions from corporate and site level activity.  We strive to enhance the natural environment through improving ecosystems and biodiversity; and protecting our natural resources, whilst respecting neighbouring communities by reducing our impact on air quality, noise and water quality; supporting a healthier society.  Walter Lilly’s environmental objectives are aligned with our Carbon Reduction Plan, as posted on our company website.

Through our policy we recognise our responsibility to manage the impact that our work activities have on the environment.  We are committed to good environmental practice and taking positive action by being signatories to ‘Construction Declares’.

To structure our commitment to the environment we have created a documented Environmental Management System (EMS) and through its implementation we have maintained accreditation to the standard ISO 14001 since 2009.

We have aligned our policy with Procurement Policy Note 06/21 and Climate Change Act (2008).

In carrying out our construction activities across multiple locations and in managing our head-office functions at Knollys House, it is the policy of Walter Lilly to:

  • Understand our organisation and its context by acknowledging and meeting the needs and expectations in complying with the requirements of legislation, local authorities, customers, our landlord, other interested parties, and Group.
  • Identify and minimise the negative environmental impacts of our activities, prevent pollution and continually improve our environmental performance.
  • Consider the requirements of our neighbours and other interested parties who are indirectly associated with our business but are directly affected by the environmental impacts we make.
  • Review objectives and targets on an annual basis to improve our environmental performance.
  • Maintain our Carbon Reduction Plan and achieve annual reductions.
  • Implementation of this Policy is to include but is not exclusive to:
    • Managing the implementation of our policy through accreditation to ISO 14001.
    • Appointing a team of Social Value Champions to aid the implementation and communication of our EMS who can identify improvement initiatives for companywide improvement.
    • Designing our EMS to provide a tangible means of managing our environment related procedures, taking the following into account:
      • Provision of technology to ensure that approved information is available to staff.
      • The promotion of environmental awareness and knowledge of the potential impacts caused by our construction activities and office-based operations.
      • Communicating the progression of our Environmental Management System on a regular basis through training, meetings, publications, and one-off reporting.
      • Managing our supply chain, suppliers, and design where appropriate to minimise the use of materials, energy or processes which may be harmful to the environment.
      • Promoting Walter Lilly as a sustainable business by conserving energy, materials, and resources, minimising consumption, acting efficiently and effectively managing waste.
      • Set objectives and targets on an annual basis and report results as an integrated section of the annual company Business Performance Report.
    • Encourage wherever possible: the use of energy efficient lights and bulbs; the use of recycled materials and stationery; encourage the reuse of unwanted materials; prioritise the sourcing of local suppliers; subcontractors and labour where applicable; conserve water; and maximise use of renewable energy.
    • Comply with our environmental targets.
    • Provide appropriate staff training to promote environmental awareness and the Walter Lilly sustainable targets.
    • Governance of our supply chain members to ensure sufficient thought and consideration has been given to their sustainability commitments and working practice.
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