Environment

Our Summit 2026 Strategy here at Esh Group is aligned with the relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals and continues to drive progress and raise awareness of environmental issues within our business.

To promote our sustainability priorities with our supply chain and staff, Esh Construction have produced a long-term strategy, called ‘Summit 2026’, with the overall objective for Esh to be regarded as one of the leading sustainable construction firms in the UK.

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.

Summit 2026 focuses on five key areas, with objectives and targets defined to help drive progress towards our overall objective of sustainable construction.

  • Culture – how we act and communicate on issues relating to the environment.
  • Carbon Emissions – how we reduce the carbon emissions resulting from our activities.
  • Waste & Water Management – how we reduce the impact of the waste and water on site hand in our offices.
  • Environmental Protection – how we ensure our activities don’t cause pollution or nuisance.
  • Supply Chain – how we reduce the impact of the materials and services we procure.
Summit 2026

Carbon Emissions

The Group’s carbon emissions are its most significant environmental impact. To meet the targets, which are set by the Industrial Strategy 2025 and the 2008 Climate Change Act, as an industry we need to significantly reduce our emissions.

Vehicle Fleet

Investment in a new fleet of HGVs and a Masternaut system for light commercial vehicles.

Efficient Accommodation

Energy-efficient site accommodation and grid connection on all sites, where reasonably practicable.

Utility Monitoring

A real-time gas, electricity and water monitoring system for our Durham office and plant yard.

Waste

Construction activities, by their nature, produce a lot of waste material. We understand that by managing waste smartly, it is possible to reduce the amount that is delivered to landfill and to re-use the majority of materials.

In-House Facility

Opened our own waste processing facility for inert materials.

Collaboration

Collaborative approach to waste management with our skip companies.

Segregation

Overhauled waste management in our offices, making it easier for staff to
segregate waste.

Water

Given the increasing frequency of extreme weather events, including flooding and draughts, water management is an increasingly important issue for firms to tackle. Reducing water consumption in our offices helps to reduce costs, and our environmental impact.

Automated Meter Reading

We have invested in the Northumbrian Water Pipeline Solutions AMR system.

Site Savings

We have specified site accommodation with water-saving measures.

Sediment Management

We have sediment management plans to manage the flow of water on our construction projects.

Environmental Protection

Many of our activities take place in environmentally sensitive areas, close to sites of special scientific interest or near watercourses. With the fines for pollution incidents increasing, we need to make sure we reduce our exposure to risk.

Ecology

We have involved specialist ecologists on sensitive schemes.

Near Miss Reporting

We have reported environmental near misses, to learn from our mistakes.

Spill Kits

We have invested in spill kit/ spill response training for our staff.

Supply Chain

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.

Supplier Engagement

We hold regular supply chain meetings with top suppliers.

Sustainable Procurement

We have influenced our clients to use more sustainable materials.

Modern Slavery Act

We have implemented processes to ensure we comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

What are Sustainable Development Goals?

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

These 17 Goals include areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected — often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.

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