Climate change is the biggest challenge of our generation.

 

In order to stop the global temperature rising beyond 1.5ºC and avoid the worst impacts of climate change, the world needs to reach Net Zero emissions before 2050.

 

We have a proud legacy of innovating in modular building and we are dedicated to using this creative approach to respond to our changing climate.

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How we are responding to a changing climate

Our Net Zero roadmap will define the ways in which we will reduce the emissions associated with our business, and provide our customers and communities with innovative products and services that help to meet their sustainability ambitions.

  1. Our commitment

    Since 1961 Portakabin has been at the forefront of construction innovation, pioneering modular construction as a smarter way to build.

    We’ve changed, we’ve adapted, and we’ve grown, but always with the aim of making a better future. Now as the world faces enormous climate challenges, we are ready to play our part in producing the sustainable circular economy that the planet needs. We will do this with integrity by making all possible reductions to our emissions across scope 1, 2 and 3.

    Our ambitious targets are science based, aligned with the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi) and with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

    For the direct and indirect emissions from our internal activities, known as Scope 1 and 2, we are targeting Net Zero by 2030.

    For the remaining emissions from our upstream and downstream value chain, known as Scope 3, we aim to be Net Zero before 2040.

  1. Our emissions

    We have estimated that Portakabin emitted 165,934 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions (tCO2e) in 2019, which is roughly the same as around 47,400 homes’ energy use for one year.

    EMISSIONS BY SCOPE

    SCOPE 1 AND 2

    Emitted directly and indirectly: 4,288 tC02e

    SCOPE 3

    All other indirect: 161,646 tC02e

Drivers for change

There are many things we can all do to reduce our collective environmental impact. The five priority areas below are the areas where we can make the biggest difference.
Renewable energy acceleration
 
Driving towards a cleaner future
 
Engaging with key stakeholders across our value chain
Lower-carbon materials
 
Carbon removal
 

Continued success of our business depends on protecting the people and planet around us.

Transport is responsible for around a fifth of the world’s carbon pollution and therefore crucial to driving forwards our net zero ambitions.

Responding to the climate crisis will require collaborative actions across geographies, sectors and societies. 

Cutting the carbon footprint of our products and services at all stages of the product lifestyle.

To deliver our commitments, removal offsets are our final response to the climate emergency.

One of our biggest interventions to reduce our Scope 1 and 2 emissions will be switching to 100% renewable energy either through procurement or onsite generation. By using renewable electricity to power the global operations of Portakabin and replacing our natural gas consumption, we will remove our critical dependency on fossil fuels.

Transitioning to an all-electric vehicle (EV) fleet and working with our suppliers to incorporate more efficient vehicles and fuels to move our buildings, will reduce emissions from our transportation. By also exploring how our suppliers logistics vehicles are being deployed, we will further reduce our emissions through optimisation, such as maximising truck utilisation and improving route efficiency.

Collaboration with our customers and suppliers will be key to tackling our biggest source of emissions - those arising from our customers’ usage of our modular buildings. We will encourage stakeholders across our value chain to transition to renewable energy to power the modular buildings they hire from us, and we will produce more energy efficient units to support our customers changing needs.

We will work with our suppliers to source lower-carbon materials, such as low-carbon steel and glass to cut our footprint from our second most material emissions source – the raw materials we purchase to build our products. This reduces our emissions from the start of the product lifecycle, without compromising the high quality we deliver to our customers.

Once we have reduced our emissions from our value chain as much as we are able to, we will use leading practice carbon removal techniques to tackle any final residuals and meet our overall targets. In line with the SBTi, we have set our decarbonisation pathway in a scientifically robust way, to ensure our methods balance emissions sustainably.

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