Over recent months, the decrease in human activities has had a positive impact on the environment – a stark reminder that we can all do our bit to help combat climate change.
Today we celebrate World Environment Day, which this year has a theme of protecting biodiversity, the foundation that supports all life on land and below water.
Biodiversity impacts every aspect of human health including providing clean air and water, nutritious foods, scientific understanding and medicine sources, natural disease resistance, and climate change mitigation. Changing or removing one element of this affects the entire life system and can produce negative consequences. Without nature, life on earth would not be possible.
At nmcn we are dedicated to improving our environmental performance to ensure we have a positive impact on the world around us. We recognise that the construction industry can help play a part in the battle in protecting biodiversity and its implications on climate change.
As part of our Positive Impact Plan, one of our five key areas of focus is growing our business while reducing our environmental impact. Protecting nature and enhancing biodiversity has both direct and indirect benefits to the industry.
As a construction and engineering business we rely on raw materials for much of the critical things we need to do our work. So, we are actively promoting the use of products which have a lower impact on the environment, for example Grown in Britain certified timber.
Using certified timber ensures we only use products from managed sources, therefore not adding to the problems of deforestation. We are also seeking to positively impact the areas we work in and are aiming to achieve a biodiversity net gain by helping to improve the natural environment in the localities of our sites.
Jamie Swanston, Supply Chain and Procurement director, at nmcn, said: “We are currently mapping our supply chain to understand the ultimate global source of the products and materials we buy; both to ensure we have a future proof and resilient supply of products and services that we require to operate, and to help us understand any risks inherent in those supply chains, not only to the natural environment.
“We’re working together with our internal environmental department to find more ways to implement buying and sourcing locally as it can have multiple benefits. It can help reduce lead times meaning our projects become even more efficient, boost the UK economy whilst also reducing the embedded carbon of our products and services, which is currently high on our agenda as part of Positive Impact Plan. To achieve our goal, we are constantly reviewing our materials and looking for new options coming onto the market.”
Achieving our ambitious targets will be challenging, but we are dedicated to playing a vital part in protecting our environment to ensure we are not contributing to biodiversity loss within our supply chain. This includes future targets of gaining the Wildlife Trust Biodiversity benchmark and achieving biodiversity net gain across all our sites.
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