Cleaner and greener
We made encouraging progress in 2016/17 in becoming a cleaner and greener business.
For the first time, we managed to beat and meet our targets for the amount of spoil sent to landfill and virgin aggregate used through some great collaborative work with our partners.
Gas escapes are by far our biggest environmental issue, as they contribute to harmful greenhouse gas build-up. Ongoing investment to replace leaky metal pipes with more reliable plastic ones, combined with sophisticated management of gas pressures, meant we hit our targets for reducing the amount of gas which was lost to the atmosphere.
We reduced the day-to-day environmental impact of our work by making our offices and depots more energy efficient.
Colleagues across the network were busy getting green fingered throughout 2016/17 clocking up almost 400 volunteering hours with Yorkshire and Durham Wildlife Trusts to help them build fences, clear scrubland and remove toxic ragwort from pasture land.
We connected an additional biomethane site to our network in 2016/17. Unfortunately due to the reduction in the Government funding available to producers this number was lower than we’d hoped, but we’re big fans of this green, sustainable gas, and will continue to work with producers to get their product into our network. Still, we now have 10 sites connected, generating enough gas to power the equivalent of 8,500 homes.