Sustainability

At Esh Group we understand there are considerable benefits to be gained from running a sustainable organisation, and we have always aimed to be at the forefront of sustainable construction. Through the frameworks we work on, including the Environment Agency and Northumbrian Water, the management systems we operate, we believe that sustainability is integrated within the organisation.

 

 
  • Summit 2026

    At Esh Group we understand there are considerable benefits to be gained from running a sustainable organisation, and we have always aimed to be at the forefront of sustainable construction. Through the frameworks we work on, including the Environment Agency and Northumbrian Water, the management systems we operate, we believe that sustainability is integrated within the organisation.

    Summit 2026 details our ambition to be regarded as one of the leading sustainable construction firms in the UK, recognised for having an excellent culture, reducing our carbon emissions, embracing the principles of the circular economy and helping our clients and supply chain partners reduce their environmental impact.

    We understand that to make the reductions necessary to avoid a 2ºC warming the construction industry must make significant savings in emissions, and our Summit 2026 strategy document outlines the challenges we have set the Group over the next ten years, in the following key areas – culture, carbon emissions, waste management, environmental protection and our supply chain.

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  • Culture

    Summit 2026 Objective:

    To embed a strong sustainability culture within the organisation.

    To help us maintain a positive sustainability culture we have:

    Developed an online training course for all Esh Group Apprentices – The Esh Carbon Coach.
    Committed to providing Site Environmental Awareness Training (SEATS) for all Site Managers.
    Provided monthly ‘sustainability on site’ briefings for site staff via the ‘Esh Safe News’, and our HSEQ Meetings.

    Indicators of a positive sustainability culture include:

    • Considerate Constructors Scheme Scores.
    • Number of environmental toolbox talks delivered.
    • Trivselhus by Esh awarded ‘Sustainable Developer of the Year’.

     

    To read more click Summit 2026

  • Carbon Emissions

    Summit 2026 Objective:

    To set a Science Based Target for carbon reduction by 2018.

    To help us reduce our carbon emissions we have:

    Invested in a new fleet of HGVs and a Masternaut system for light commercial vehicles
    Specified energy efficient site accommodation and implemented a requirement for grid connection on all sites, where reasonably practicable.
    Invested in a real-time gas, electricity and water monitoring system for our Bowburn Complex.

    Indicators of our performance on carbon emissions include:

    • Group carbon footprint and the carbon intensity of Group Operations.
    • Progress against meeting a ‘Science Based Target’.
    • Emissions saved for our clients, through innovation on our projects.

     

    To read more click Summit 2026

  • Waste Management

    Summit 2026 Objective:

    To send zero non-hazardous materials to landfill by 2026.

    To aid our progression to a ‘circular economy’ we have:

    Opened our own waste processing facility for inert materials in County Durham.
    Started a collaborative approach to waste management with our skip companies.
    Overhauled waste management in our offices, making it easier for staff to segregate waste.

    Indicators of our performance on waste management include:

    • Percentage of waste diverted from landfill
    • Landfill tax paid per year
    • Total amount of waste/£100m turnover

     

    To read more click Summit 2026

  • Environmental Protection

    Summit 2026 Objective:

    To maintain a rate of zero prosecutions/enforcement notices from the Environment Agency.

    To make sure our activities protect the environment we have:

    • Involved specialist ecologists on sensitive schemes.
    • Reported environmental near misses, to learn from our mistakes.
    • Invested in spill kit/spill response training for our staff.
    • Audited all construction sites at least once per month.

     

    Indicators of our performance environmental protection include:

    • Average scores from our HSEQ inspections.
    • Case studies from schemes with a positive environmental impact.
    • Zero prosecutions/enforcement notices from the Environment Agency.

     

    To read more click Summit 2026

  • Supply Chain

    Summit 2026 Objective:

    To supply a minimum of 50% of aggregate materials from recycled sources. Although many of the environmental impacts in our supply chain are beyond our direct control, the Group aims to influence our partners to help us both reduce our impact on the environment.

    To help reduce the environmental impact of our supply chain we have:

    • Held regular supply chain meetings with top suppliers.
    • Brought the supply of recycled aggregate materials ‘in-house’ through our facility in County Durham.
    • Influenced our clients to use more sustainable materials.
    • Put in place processes to ensure we comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

     

    Indicators of our performance on the supply chain include:

    • Calculation of our ‘Scope 3’ carbon footprint, and reduction of ‘hot spots’
    • Examples of the specification of alternative materials on schemes
    • Case studies detailing reduced transport emissions in the supply chain

     

    To read more click Summit 2026

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