In the quest for a sustainable future, civil engineering companies play a pivotal role in mitigating environmental impact. As we commemorate Earth Day, it is crucial to recognise the efforts of all our people who are tasked with reducing George Leslie’s carbon footprint and embracing eco-friendly practices.

A Climate Emergency is here today with unprecedented clarity. It compels us to confront it directly, armed with all available tools, without abdicating this responsibility to future generations. As we seek a route to carbon neutrality and true sustainability, it’s imperative to grasp that this isn’t merely a collection of good ideas; rather, it outlines strategies that foster a cooperative relationship among science-driven technology, accessible materials, expertise, and innovative design and delivery approaches, culminating in an amplified collective impact.

While the legislative gaze is fixed on 2050, our aspiration is to establish a new norm by 2040 through an incremental approach commencing immediately.

In the realm of carbon reduction within the construction sector, there exists no singular solution. It remains true that certain technologies may not mature sufficiently to contribute meaningfully until after 2040. Thus, George Leslie’s focus lies in displaying what we can use today in terms of materials, how we can refine construction methods, employ intelligent design strategies, and enact necessary actions to streamline cement and concrete specifications.

With a bold commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2040, George Leslie has embarked on a journey towards Net Zero and here are a select example of the small steps we are taking to provide a better future.

  • Low Carbon Concrete: George Leslie has embraced low carbon concrete. Through trials with our clients and utilisation at projects like Giffnock, we have showcased the viability of this eco-friendly alternative, significantly reducing carbon emissions.
  • HVO (Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil): Since 2022, our Plant Yard have integrated HVO into our operations, heralding a shift towards cleaner fuel alternatives. By replacing traditional diesel with HVO, they are slashing emissions and setting a precedent for sustainable energy usage.
  • Hussh Pods: Embracing innovation, we have adopted Hussh Pods since 2022. These pods play a pivotal role in reducing emissions on project sites, aligning with the company’s commitment to environmental responsibility.
  • Eco-Welfare Units: In a bid to minimize environmental impact, we have implemented the eco-welfare units over traditional anti-vandal units. By prioritising sustainability in on-site facilities, they are championing eco-conscious practices throughout our projects.
  • Eco-Friendly Plant: Upgrading our fleet with more efficient engines and embracing HVO fuel, further reducing carbon emissions across operations.
  • Recycled Aggregates: Implementing the use of recycled aggregates wherever feasible, George Leslie is closing the loop on resource consumption, promoting circularity in construction practices.
  • Electric Vehicles: Charging ahead with electrification, George Leslie has installed charging points at their Head Office and project compounds. By facilitating the transition to electric vehicles, they are driving towards a cleaner transportation ecosystem.
  • Collaboration: We recognise the power of collaboration in fostering sustainability. By collaborating closely with clients, designers, consultants, and suppliers, they are pushing the boundaries of innovation and collectively tackling environmental challenges.
  • Green Energy: Exploring diverse green energy options, the commitment to reducing reliance on fossil fuels both at our head office and project sites.
  • Digital Transformation: Leveraging Building Information Modelling (BIM), George Leslie is streamlining processes and accelerating information sharing. This digital revolution not only enhances efficiency but also minimizes resource consumption in project execution.

As we reflect on Earth Day, let us celebrate the steps that the Civil Engineering industry are taking towards the journey to sustainability. Initiative-taking measures underscore the profound impact that the sector can have on safeguarding our planet for future generations. Let their initiatives inspire us to embrace greener practices and collectively work towards a more sustainable world.

Achieving the ambitious emissions reduction targets demands unwavering commitment, concerted action, and interdisciplinary collaboration. It is not merely a moral imperative but a professional obligation to usher in the necessary changes.