Caring for the environment and nature
Local people will know that alongside the location of the construction work and new bridge is Dukes Hollow, a 0.27 hectare nature reserve and Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation. It's owned and managed by the London Borough of Hounslow. While our work is underway, the nature reserve will be closed to the public.
We take a responsible and ethical approach to our work and in April 2021, we released our first comprehensive strategy to respond to the climate and nature emergency. We call it Goal 13 in recognition of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, of which Goal 13 is climate action. We've set a clear objective for carbon reduction: To transition to net zero, accelerating progress to significantly reduce carbon emissions by 2030 in line with a science-based target pathway, compensating for residual emissions through potential high-impact climate and nature actions that deliver long-lasting, quality results alongside environmental and social benefits.
Goal 13 also takes into account our broader environmental impacts recognising that the excessive consumption of precious resources contributes to effects such as pollution and the loss of wildlife and wild places, as well as to climate change itself. Our sustainable workplaces plan will help us make positive changes in important areas including reductions in water consumption, waste and single use plastic, building on the existing good practice already taking place in our business.
Each of our divisional offices has established its own local group of Goal 13 champions seeking to effect change locally and improve what we do overall as an organisation. Two of the Dukes Meadows project team, Jim Devine and Georgia Watts, are Goal 13 champions for our South East Division.
We commissioned an investigation of protected species, wildlife, trees and biodiversity across two kilometres of the local area. The surveys were undertaken by Thomson Environmental Consultants.