Barratt announces new carbon emissions targets
Barratt Developments has revealed three new carbon emissions targets, including its aim to be a net zero emissions business by 2040.
Earlier this year, Barratt became the first national housebuilder to publish science-based targets for reducing carbon emissions, and the new net zero goal extends this sustainability roadmap further.
Identifying and implementing what is needed to achieve these reductions will be an ongoing process across the entire Barratt business. For instance, reducing diesel use will involve new technology such as solar assisted generators, whilst driving down plant emissions on site and improving the energy credentials of its buildings will all help Barratt to achieve the 2040 net zero target.
Beyond its own footprint, Barratt is also delivering low carbon homes for its customers and has set a new target to ensure its new standard housetypes will be net zero carbon by 2030.
This will be achieved by continuing with a ‘fabric first’ approach over the next 10 years covering such elements as better insulation, more efficient services and new green technology.
The third new target that Barratt has committed to is to purchase 100% of its operational electricity from renewable sources by 2025. Just under half of the electricity it already purchases is from renewables and achieving the new 100% target will help it to reduce emissions by a further 3,300 tonnes of carbon.
Since 2015 the company has achieved a 22% reduction through initiatives such as improving plant efficiency and rolling out energy efficient show home lighting.
David Thomas, chief executive of Barratt Developments, said: “We are committed to adapting our business to support the low carbon economy which the UK is building. These new targets further demonstrate our commitment to take responsibility for our share of carbon emissions and to play our part in combatting climate change.”
Further information is available here: Sustainability Framework 2020+