The majority of our emissions relate to purchased materials, in particular diesel fuel and concrete.

To accelerate progress in reducing Scope 3 emissions we will:

  • Work with our suppliers to embed Scope 3 data capture and reporting across all projects globally
  • Work with our strategic suppliers to develop emissions reduction targets
  • Continue to invest in R&D to accelerate the development of low and zero carbon products manufactured off site at our UK facilities or with global partners
  • Support the delivery of clients' net zero ambitions through the wider use of our engineering carbon calculator to help optimise design for sustainability.

In the last decade we have invested £200M in the Laing O’Rourke Centre of Excellence for Modern Construction (CEMC), which is the most advanced concrete products manufacturing facility in Europe. It will play a vital role in delivering the new goals by producing lower carbon components for more of our projects.

With co-funding from the Industrial Strategy ‘Transforming Construction’ Challenge, we are working with nine partners to progress a project called Product Based Building Solutions, to streamline the end-to-end project delivery process with a kit of manufactured concrete components. The project is targeting 30% operational and 50% embodied carbon reduction.

Alongside this, our R&D team is working on ways to decarbonise manufactured concrete products and the Laing O’Rourke Centre of Excellence for Modern Construction (CEMC) has secured a grant from Innovate UK’s Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) to part finance this research.

Read our carbon reduction plan