HW Martin (Traffic Management) Ltd is now certified to Carbon Reduce ISO 14064 Part 1.
This ISO standard from Achilles (powered by Toitū) provides the traffic management provider with a set of science-based tools to quantify, monitor, report and verify its greenhouse gas emissions.
Certification to ISO 14064 was the next step on the company’s roadmap to carbon neutrality following the unveiling of its first green depot in 2022. Located in Witham, Essex, this site has seen a £100,000 investment in environmental initiatives including solar panels, electric vehicle charging points and brown water recycling facilities.
Martine Halford, Environmental Lead at the company, is responsible for its carbon reduction performance and was instrumental in the certification process. She said:
“Being Carbon Reduce certified demonstrates our commitment to managing and reducing our emissions in respect of our operational activities. It provides absolute proof that we’re acting on climate change. This was our baseline, the greenhouse gas emissions data we have amassed will help us fulfil our commitments going forward to achieve the Government’s target of being carbon neutral by 2050.”
HW Martin (Traffic Management) Ltd.’s emissions and proposed reduction roadmap were subject to Achilles’ independent verification audit as part of the certification process.
The company’s biggest emission source by far is diesel use from the company-owned vehicles used to deliver temporary traffic management. But travelling to locations pre-determined by construction programmes is a barrier that presents little scope for change.
In addition, the specification of alternatively fueled vehicles currently on the market to do not meet the company’s range or carrying capacity needs. But there are decarbonization strategies available that capitalise on the opportunities for energy emissions savings that HW Martin (Traffic Management) does have.
“Our strategies include reviewing the business’ current vehicle procurement plan to find the best balance of performance and ergonomics to reduce operating costs and improve fuel consumption as well as investigation electrification options, particularly for grey fleet users. We’re also introducing a more advanced vehicle telematics system later this year to target driver behaviours that lead to increased emissions such as harsh braking and excessive engine idling.”
Over the next three years, the company’s carbon reduction plan will be audited against the baseline data collected for certification to ensure a continuous improvement in reduction performance.