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A net zero company before 2050

The majority of the business’s emissions relate to purchased materials, in particular diesel fuel and concrete.

To accelerate progress in reducing Scope 3 emissions the business will:

  • Work with its suppliers to embed Scope 3 data capture and reporting across all projects globally  

  • Work with 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 its UK facility or with global partners 

  • Support the delivery of clients’ net zero ambitions through wider use of its engineering carbon calculator to help optimise design for sustainability. 

In the last decade the business has 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 the company’s projects.  


With co-funding from the Industrial Strategy ‘Transforming Construction’ Challenge, Laing O’Rourke and nine partners are progressing 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, the company’s 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 applied to Innovate UK’s Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) to part finance this work.