The firm’s business-wide sustainability plan sets out its targets to 2020

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Contractor Interserve has slashed its emissions and carbon intensity by almost 20%, according to its latest sustainability report.

The firm said it managed to cut carbon intensity - carbon use per unit of energy consumed - by 19% and absolute carbon emissions by 3.2% during 2015, claiming “it is possible to grow revenues while cutting carbon emissions”.

Interserve’s business-wide sustainability plan sets out its targets to 2020, which the firm ultimately expects to help “manage risk in its operations and to increase opportunities for profitable growth now and in the future”.

In its report, the contractor claimed it had avoided the use of 45,000 tonnes of waste, improved sourcing of sustainable products, and reduced its fuel consumption by investing in energy efficient site cabins, using innovative technologies and using more efficient vehicles.  

The firm gave 64% of its UK supply chain spend to SMEs in 2015.

Tim Haywood, Interserve’s group finance director and head of sustainability, said: “We made significant progress […] but we know there is more work to do.”