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Mace asks supply chain to track CO2

Construction company Mace is asking its suppliers to keep monthly performance records on its projects as it seeks to avoid massive penalties under the government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment scheme.

The CRC Energy Efficiency league table will be published in October, with firms expected to be charged £12 per tonne of emissions from 2012. Mace is collecting data to set a 2011 benchmark to help reduce its carbon emissions and increase sustainability.

Director of sustainability Georgina Perkins (pictured) told H&V News: “A lot of construction companies will be hit with their carbon commitments and it is a risk on our horizon all the time.

“There will probably be further legislation that will make things tighter and tighter and we don’t want to be in a position where one day it catches us - so we have to be ready now.”

Subcontractors are being asked to provide monthly data to feed into the Credit 360 Platform programme.

Mace’s supply chain is being asked to record monthly data for each project including water, waste and diesel use and transport patterns.

Ms Perkins said: “We are doing 80 per cent of our business with 20 per cent of our supply chain now.

“We are saying to our supply chain that if you record this data, you will get a more favourable view from other clients who want to use you and so it will ultimately help you secure more work.

“Every month we ask them to accumulate data and we will make it available to clients who can look back at what anyone is doing on site.”

Mace hopes to complete its UK database by the third quarter of this year before collecting full data across its international sites.

Ms Perkins said: “Next year we will then be able to say that this is our 100 per cent correct carbon footprint and we will be able to compare projects and data and see why there is such a differential on these.”

She added that the company had been reviewing what was being asked of it when bidding for work and that the tide was changing towards sustainable issues.

As well as running a ‘passport’ scheme, where the company’s supply chain undergoes training to ensure ‘right first time’ delivery of projects, Mace is one of the companies signed up to the Achilles accreditation scheme BuildingConfidence, a collaborative supply chain accreditation standard designed for the construction industry.

Ms Perkins said: “2011 will be a benchmark year and we are finding that no-one else is doing this across their entire group like we are.”