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The implications of climate change and the threat of diminishing natural resources are compelling us to rethink the way we design, engineer, construct and operate our buildings and infrastructure.

It is inevitable that demand for housing, hospitals, transport, power and other vital infrastructure will rise. This is, of course, good news for our industry. But for development on this scale to be feasible, it must be safe and sustainable.

Traditional construction methods are carbon-intensive – and the built environment is the single biggest source of global CO2 emissions. Collectively, our sector consumes around one-third of the world’s natural resources, generating vast amounts of waste and pollution in the process.

The challenge is enormous - and no organisation can solve it in isolation. To this end, we are working with academic and industry partners to develop smarter processes and more sustainable products, delivering energy-efficient structures. At the same time we remain focused on reducing carbon and eliminating waste.

Change through innovation

Our Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) approach has the potential to significantly minimise negative impacts in delivery and maximise efficiency in use. This is reinforced by our industry leading approach to digital engineering (DE) tools that enable us to integrate data about a structure’s design, engineering and operation. This ‘virtual construction’ approach reduces waste at all stages of the project lifecycle.

Environment Policy

Laing O’Rourke is committed to the protection and enhancement of the environment. High environmental performance is an ongoing priority and is achieved by our actions in line with this policy. This policy sits alongside our Sustainability policy as part of our global policy framework, underpinned by our Global Code of Conduct.
Our goal is to minimise the negative impacts of our operations and maximise the quality of the built environment for future generations. Through innovation and application of good practice, we aim to steer the industry to design a sustainable and high-quality built environment with as little environmental impact as possible through the whole asset life-cycle.

Our policies are reviewed and updated annually to react to client needs and evolve with the world around us to make Laing O’Rourke the company of first choice for all our stakeholders, whilst challenging and changing the image of construction worldwide.

Further information can be found in our Group annual report.

Thanks to organisations like Laing O’Rourke, we have saved over 20,000 tonnes of wood from landfill. As well as the environmental benefits, the income generated through our timber collection service provides disadvantaged people with employment opportunities. So far we have created 150 permanent jobs and provided more than 38,000 training days.

Richard MehmedManaging Director, National Community Wood Recycling Project