MAKAR to cut carbon emissions by 38%

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21 March 2013

In 2013 MAKAR made a commitment to deliver a 38% reduction in carbon emissions by 2015/16.

MAKAR were selected to partner with the Carbon Trust to create an ambitious Carbon Management Plan for the future.  The programme endeavours to assist small and medium companies in identifying means by which they can reduce their carbon emissions and encouraging them lead by example in addressing climate change.

The programme involved a thorough assessment of the company's operational carbon footprint, which took into account all energy use from the efficiency of equipment to the travel of staff.  From this predictions were made of how this would change in line with the company's continued growth.  Through collaboration with the Carbon Trust MAKAR were able to identify substantial carbon savings that were formulated into an ongoing 5 year plan.

In March 2013 MAKAR were one of  50 Scottish SME's who took part in a graduation ceremony in Edinburgh to mark their commitment to deliver on targets laid out in the Carbon Management Plans.  Certificates were presented by Fergus Ewing MSP and Scottish Government Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism.

'This plan provides us with the opportunity to put formal measures in place to reduce our impact on the environment... As the focus in the construction industry moves from operational to embodied carbon, the Carbon Management Plan has helped MAKAR understand where carbon is generated in our activity and helps raise our engagement with day to day carbon and greenhouse gas emissions.... Over the forthcoming years we will report our progress on a regular basis and demonstrate our commitment by turning this plan into reality'

Neil Sutherland, Managing Director, MAKAR


'There are those that can and those that do.  Private businesses can contribute significantly to reducing CO2 emissions.  The Carbon Trust is proud to support MAKAR in the on-going implementation of its Carbon Management Plan.'

Paul Wedgwood, Manager, Carbon Trust Scotland