By Anthony Capkun
September 29, 2021 – EllisDon announced it will be setting “verifiable science-based targets” through the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) across its entire value chain to be consistent with keeping global warming to 1.5 C above pre-industrial levels.
These targets, says EllisDon, put the company on the path to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.
“By committing to science-based emissions targets, we are aligning ourselves with the right side of the future,” said Jody Becker, EllisDon. “As leaders in sustainability, we are committed to driving a low-carbon economy and providing innovative solutions for our industry.”
As part of this initiative, EllisDon says it will:
• Minimize emissions from construction sites, assets, and products and services. This will include implementing efficiency measures and/or switching fuels to renewable resources for fleet vehicles, heavy equipment and buildings.
• Leverage supply chain, trade partners and industry organizations to reduce the embodied carbon of the materials that go into the buildings and infrastructure that EllisDon builds, with a focus on structural materials (e.g. concrete, steel, timber).
• Help its clients to target and deliver near-zero emissions buildings by employing the full building services value chain to provide “innovative, achievable and cost-effective solutions”.
The company says it will publicly share its progress on an annual basis, and share lessons learned “to drive innovation and change across the industry”.
EllisDon is an employee-owned, $5 billion-a-year construction services company.
SBTi independently assesses corporate emissions reduction targets in line with the goals identified in the Paris Agreement and current climate science, explains EllisDon.