HTM has taken steps to become the first company in traffic management to achieve PAS2060 for Carbon Neutrality.
As a sustainable future and greener processes become ever more important within the highways sector, it’s an industry that faces significant challenges to reduce carbon emissions. The very nature of the sector often requires extensive travel, large heavy vehicles and plant machinery. HTM has already taken steps, including electric vehicle usage, but the company now takes a step it believes to be the first taken by any company in the highways sector.
So how does a sector built around the road network make a significant positive impact on the environment?
Offsetting the damage currently being done.
The Carbon Trust: Certification for Carbon Neutrality
A carbon-neutral organisation has committed to effectively reduce its emissions, and its remaining emissions are offset by carbon sinks and/or carbon credits
The Carbon Trust has certified HTM against the PAS 2060 standard.
PAS 2060 is the internationally recognised specification for carbon neutrality and builds on the existing PAS 2050
environmental standard. It sets out requirements for quantification, reduction and offsetting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for organisations, products and events.
A carbon-neutral certification demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to decarbonisation and the neutralisation of remaining impact through the support of environmental projects.
Into the future, neutrality is not the end game.
Whilst the business continues to expand at Highway Traffic Management, part of the PAS2060 certification sees the company commit to further reduce its Carbon Footprint year on year with a number of initiatives now in the works to cut all emissions and have a negative carbon footprint.
Read that again. Carbon negative.
A company working in the highways sector, with over 165 vehicles is carbon neutral with a plan to become carbon negative.
Highway Traffic Management will continue to achieve carbon neutrality by embedding carbon reduction into its daily operational functions and processes. This will begin with a carbon reduction team that will hold monthly meetings (moving to quarterly) to discuss what and how further carbon reductions can be made.
As a start, HTM has already put in place monitoring systems for its fleet of vehicles. These systems monitor the non-necessary idling of any of its vehicles within its fleet and sends warnings to both the driver of that vehicle and the transport manager. In addition, during late 2020 the company changed 50% of its management vehicles from diesel box vans to plug-in Hybrid cars.
To further reduce the carbon footprint, HTM will also look to expand on its current fleet of fully electric vehicles. Plans will also be put in place to help reduce the mileage of any business trips taken by any HTM staff, including more working from home to help assist in the reduction of the carbon footprint.
In 2021, HTM will be moving to a new head office in Birmingham that is being designed to be as low carbon as possible. For example, there will be more efficient lighting (motion sensor), a low energy heating system, solar panels, etc.
We spoke to MD Greg Baldwin about this industry-leading achievement:
“A lot of carbon-neutral targets are banded around for 2025 and 2030,” Greg told us.
“We just thought ‘why wait?’
“The company and our people are extremely passionate about sustainability, and we see no reason why as a sector we all can’t take these steps more urgently”
Marcus Casey, Commercial Director added:
“With the spotlight on sustainability and greener solutions in highways, we are able to give our clients complete confidence that they are working with a company that is carbon neutral and is committed to further change due to PAS2060.”