Barratt Developments, comprising Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes, has become the first major housebuilder to be commended for its targets to reduce its carbon emissions by a leading company calling for action against climate change.
The UK’s leading sustainable housebuilder, building homes across Dorset, West Sussex, Hampshire, and the IOW, has officially had its carbon emissions target approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi). The steering committee has commended Barratt and David Wilson Homes on its impressive support of the country’s green recovery.
The SBTi is the lead partner of the Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign, which calls for urgent action to limit global warming by 1.5°C. The company champions a science-based target setting as a way of boosting companies’ competitive advantage in the transition to a low-carbon economy as a way of tackling climate change.
Barratt and David Wilson Homes are committed to reducing its direct carbon emissions from its business operations by 29% before 2025. To achieve this, the company will reduce diesel use in its generators, vehicles, and plant machinery.
The housebuilder will also cut its indirect carbon emissions (those coming from its homes and from its supply chain) by 24% per square meter by 2030. Building lower carbon homes and using more sustainable materials will be a key part of this.
In June, Barratt also announced that it will achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in its own operations by 2040 – becoming the first major housebuilder to make this commitment. It will also deliver new zero-carbon standard house types from 2030 and ensure that 100% of the electricity that it purchases will be renewable by 2025.
Jon Green, Managing Director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes said:
“We are committed to playing our part in the UK’s green recovery and are delighted that our science-based targets have been approved. We believe every business needs to take responsibility to tackle climate change and we will continue to work with all our stakeholders to safeguard the environment.”
Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes are bringing new homes to the Isle of Wight through St George’s Gate in Shide.