For the fifth year in a row Costain has received third party certification from the Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS) for reducing its carbon footprint.

The CEMARS standard was awarded by Achilles, a global leader in supplier information management with a specialist service in international greenhouse gas certification, and includes a yearly review to ensure the company is continuing to meet its reduction goals.

CEMARS said Costain met the requirements of the certification scheme by measuring its greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with ISO 14064-1:2006. The company has also demonstrated its commitment to managing and reducing its emissions across its operational activities. Since 2010 Costain has successfully implemented a range of resource efficiency measures that have led to a 19.25% reduction in normalized emissions (tCo2e per £m revenue). This year the business is aiming for a 5% reduction in non-operational carbon per £1 million against 2013 baseline.

During the past year Costain has hosted a number of supply chain collaboration events and invested in a range of innovation projects with supply chain partners and academic research institutions to develop its understanding of low carbon supply chains in infrastructure. This has led to a number of industry leading interventions including energy management systems in site accommodation, and the use of telemetry on site plant to optimize plant procurement and operation.

Commented Damien Canning, Costain’s Head of Carbon Management: “Recertification of our data by CEMARS, along with the significant reductions we have realised during the past five years, demonstrates our commitment to ensuring we are driving resource efficiency across the Group.

“A clear understanding of the cost savings associated with these endeavours is crystallizing at all levels and disciplines across the Group, and we are now approaching a critical mass where these considerations will become business as usual.”

Reducing measured emissions is an important part of ‘Engineering A Sustainable Tomorrow’, the next phase of the Costain Cares commitment to build a sustainable business based on four sustainability goals:

– Ensuring Costain is a safe and great place to work,
– Creating a better environment,
– Supporting our local communities and leaving a positive lasting legacy,
– Providing better solutions for the marketplace.