Today, the scale of the environmental crisis is clearer than ever. Urgent action is needed to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss. We want to play our part in creating a greener, healthier future for everyone.
Building a better world
Our environment strategy sets out how we're taking action on climate change, nature and resources with targets up to 2030.
Our environment strategy
Our climate change target
Climate change is the most urgent environmental issue for our sector. We’ve set ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our business, our supply chain and the homes we build:
Reduce operational carbon emissions intensity by 36% by 2025 (from a 2019 baseline)
Reduce carbon emissions intensity from our supply chain and customer homes by 24% by 2030 (from a 2019 baseline)
Our targets have been independently verified by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). This confirms that our operational target is consistent with the reductions required to keep warming to 1.5°C, the most ambitious goal of the international Paris Climate Agreement.
We have reduced total emissions from our operations by 39% since 2013, by improving energy efficiency and switching to green energy. We now purchase 100% REGO backed renewable electricity for new sites during construction as well as our offices, show homes, sales areas and plots before sale, around 58% of our total electricity consumption.
We’re testing a range of technologies and solutions to help us further cut our footprint – from more efficient site portacabins to low carbon alternatives to diesel fuel.
Our network of Sustainability Champions and senior sponsors in each regional business help us to implement our commitments and improve performance. Our Environmental Innovation Grants give colleagues the opportunity to explore new ways of reducing our environmental impacts.
Tackling supply chain emissions
Around 59% of our total carbon footprint relates to our supply chain including the materials we use to build our homes.
We’re working with suppliers to select more sustainable and lower carbon materials such as glass mineral wool insulation made from recycled wine bottles and recycled uPVC in many of our window frames. We’re also increasing the proportion of homes built using timber frame, which can reduce embodied carbon compared with traditional brick and block building techniques.
Reducing carbon emissions for customers
We have an opportunity to help our customers to live a lower carbon lifestyle through the way we design our homes and developments.
Our homes are already very energy efficient [link to relevant page] and over the next few years we’ll be integrating more features and technologies to reduce energy use and carbon emissions even further. From 2025, we expect our homes to be net zero ready, in line with the UK’s new Future Home Standard.
We’ll also be installing 36,000 EV charging points on customer homes by the mid 2020s, helping more people make sustainable transport choices.
Nature is in serious decline in many parts of the UK. Housebuilding can contribute to loss of biodiversity but by creating high quality spaces for nature on our sites we can reverse this trend. Increasing nature on our sites is good for customers too.
Our new target is to increase natural habitats by 10% on new sites from 2023 and include our priority wildlife enhancements from 2021. We will also be working with NGO partners Buglife and Hedgehog Street to help us implement our strategy and engage our customers on nature.
Our new target builds on our previous work on biodiversity. We launched our Home for Nature Toolkit in 2019, which includes practical guidance for how to enhance biodiversity on every site.
We carry out an ecological impact assessment for all sites, including assessing any protected species or habitats. We use ecologists’ reports to identify measures needed and these recommendations are embedded into the Site Specific Environmental Action Plan, part of our Environmental Management System.
Achieving the Carbon Trust Standard
We have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard for our overall approach to carbon management, including our policy, strategy and verification of our data and processes. We are the first and only major homebuilder to achieve this. Our climate change data is verified by the Carbon Trust.
We’ve also been added to the Financial Times European Climate Leaders list and received a B rating from CDP Climate, the investor led initiative.
We support the aims of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. We have included information in line with its recommendations in our Annual Report and Accounts.
Our CDP 2020 submission and score, Carbon Trust's
verification documents and our reporting methodology can be found below:
Water scarcity is already a challenge in some parts of the UK and climate change will exacerbate this. We aim to reduce water use in our operations, to design our homes to be water efficient in line with building regulations and to protect water quality during construction and remediation on our sites.
Our target is to reduce operational mains water intensity by 10% on a 2019 baseline by 2025.
The pandemic and lockdown affected our year on year performance in 2020 with overall water use falling but water intensity increasing. We expect to see a downward trend in 2021 as we return to more normal operating conditions and implement our new environment strategy.
We received a B rating from CDP Water in 2020 (2019: B).
ESOS is a mandatory energy assessment scheme for large organisations in the UK. Taylor Wimpey UK qualified for ESOS and we therefore conducted the required audits of the energy used by our buildings, industrial processes and transport, as well as identifying energy saving measures. We notified the scheme regulator the Environment Agency that we had met our ESOS obligations. You can download our ESOS Compliance Strategy: