Working sustainably to minimise our impact on the environment

Working sustainably to minimise our impact on the environment

Portakabin is committed to sustainability through its energy-saving and environmental programmes. Its modular construction methods and buildings help to reduce energy and resource use, minimise waste and cut carbon emissions. In addition, it works hard to protect the environment through its own operations.

Portakabin has gained recognition for its high standards of environmental management and commitment to ongoing environmental responsibility, with accreditation to the ISO 14001 international standard.

Environmental business of the year
Portakabin was proud to win the prestigious Environmental Business of the Year Award at the Yorkshire Post Environment Awards. The company was honoured for its initiatives which cover every aspect of its business – from recycling, waste management processes, zero waste to landfill, encouraging employees to cycle to work, and its sustainable transport policies.

Energy use and waste minimisation
All of our businesses carry out detailed energy monitoring across all sites, helping us to keep energy use under control and introduce more efficient practices, wherever possible.

Zero waste to landfill
By improving waste management, streaming and segregation at our head office and manufacturing plant in York, we achieved our goal of sending zero waste to landfill in January 2012. Any non-recyclable waste is now incinerated for power generation.

Sustainable construction
Portakabin was the first modular building company to commit to meeting the challenges set out in the traditional construction industry’s Major Contractors Group Sustainability Charter. Intensive training has been carried out to raise awareness among all employees of the need to reduce waste and energy consumption across the business.

Minimising our carbon footprint with UK Steel
79% of the steel used by Portakabin is supplied from within the UK, strongly supporting British manufacturing and minimising our carbon footprint compared to steel imports from Asia.

Supplier engagement
We conduct formal assessments of the environmental performance of our top 20 suppliers. The rating for Portakabin against the criteria set by the Business in the Community Environmental Index, has improved from 53% in 2011 to 93% in 2012.

Sustainable transport policy
Environmental responsibility extends to all areas of our business. In 2010, the company won an award for its long-term travel policy which encourages employees to cycle and walk to work, car share and use bicycles to get around our sites.