A&E Elkins has its own Environmental Policy and Procedures based on Construction Best Practice and is ISO 14001 registered.
Last year saw the Report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released on Monday 8th October. This says that urgent and unprecedented changes are needed within the next twelve years to reach the target of a maximum global warming temperature increase of 1.5degrees. The report still argues that this is affordable and feasible. Critics and Professionals argue that it does lies at the most ambitious end of the Paris agreement pledge to keep temperatures between 1.5C and 2C and are sceptical that we have the will as a species to see through all the recommendations.
The Construction Industry in the UK can make a significant impact in achieving these changes through use of new green technologies, new construction techniques. Modern Methods of Construction and Modular Off-Site Construction are at the forefront for the impact it can make with new Capital Works and Housing provision.
A&E Elkins in collaboration with our Clients will champion the Environment to ensure it assists in this global goal.
In recent years, the impact of particulate matter (PM) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) have become increasingly important particularly in relation to motor vehicles.
A & E Elkins minimises the emissions to air via utilising electricity and battery powered plant and equipment and has only every used diesel-powered generators as a last resort. Where there is a need to utilise generators, these are situated in areas where members of the public do not regularly frequent and appropriately guarded behind fencing. Our motor fleet is regularly updated and maintained to minimise emissions with only smaller capacity, fuel-efficient engines. Operatives including our Sub-Contractors are encouraged to travel to site by Public Transport where feasible. Our use of locally employed operatives and suppliers also reduces our carbon footprint and emission levels.
A&E Elkins will adhere to its Environmental Policy in the management of all works. It will also adopt the Climate Change Mitigation Strategy to 2020; the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy 2010 and any other Client led initiatives.
A&E Elkins will form a monitoring strategy with our Clients, where they adopt the buy-in to our strategey. This will ensure that Historic Data on Construction Sites can be used to inform useful monitoring on the Client's sites for PM and NOx levels.
A&E Elkins will aim to achieve BREEAM (British Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) excellent standards on all projects where feasible.
At our head offices and site offices, all paper and plastics are recycled. We also recycle print cartridges. We have been moving over to a largely paper-free method of working over the last two years assisted by our Green Champions in our HSEQ department.
A&E Elkins currently use a single waste removal company to ensure that we have accurate records of waste removed and the amount recycled. Last Financial year out of 518 tonnes of waste removed from our head office and site, some 265 tonnes was recycled. This included PVCu, timber, glass and aluminium from window renewals, bricks, blocks, copper and wood from our general site activities.
Site waste management procedures
These are carried out in accordance with the Site Waste Management Plan Regulations 2008.
As the Principal Contractor we will develop and implement A Site Waste Management Plan with our Clients on all appropriate Projects. This will detail the project, type and quantity of waste expected to be generated, how this waste will be dealt with in accordance with the waste duty of care in section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990(3) and the Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) Regulations 1991(4). It will also detail how materials will be handled efficiently and waste managed appropriately and identify who removes the material from site and how they deal with it. The plan will be updated throughout each project and data collated for review by the Client.
A&E Elkins will also Adopt BREEAM Management standards on a project by project basis including
o Considerate Construction
o Monitoring of Construction site impacts
o Aftercare Support
o Seasonal Commissioning
o Life Cycle Cost and Service Life Planning
o Stakeholder Consultation
o Inclusive and Accessible Design
o Post Occupancy Evaluation