Significant opportunities exist in construction to improve waste management and the effective use of resources. We are working on a series of initiatives to integrate improved material efficiency into projects in line with the priorities set out in the Waste Hierarchy.
In addition, the early adoption of safety principles in this area has influenced the approach to hazardous materials. This in turn has improved our risk management and reduced the risk of exposing employees and the public to substances which could be banned in the future or less favoured. In this respect we have monitored the EU REACH directive, and we have worked with the NGO ChemSec on its improvement.
Our central purchasing units also perform the relevant screening of purchased materials before each purchase.