Our approach
SUSTAINABILITY

Protecting the environment

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.

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Cutting carbon on our sites 

We have reduced operational emissions intensity by 13% since 2019, by improving energy efficiency and switching to green energy. Since 2013, we have reduced direct emissions intensity by 50%.

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 72% 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 55% 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, recycled chipboard in our kitchens 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 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

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 are working with NGO partners Buglife and Hedgehog Street to help us implement our strategy and engage our customers on nature.

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.
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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 an A- rating from CDP Climate Change, the investor led initiative.

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We are committed to transparent disclosure of our ESG performance and are aligning our reporting with the recommendations of the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) recommended disclosures for our sector.


TCFD and SASB

Our CDP 2021 submission and score, Carbon Trust's verification documents and our reporting methodology can be found below: 

CDP Climate Change 2021 submission

CDP Climate Change 2021 score

Carbon Reporting Methodology Statement 2021

CDP Forests 2021 submission
CDP Forests 2021 score Carbon Trust Assurance Statement 2021 

Resource efficiency

We have reduced waste intensity by 13% since 2019, on track to meet our target of a 15% reduction by 2025. 97% of our construction waste is recycled.

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. 
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Our target is to reduce operational mains water intensity by 10% on a 2019 baseline by 2025.

We require all suppliers to supply timber from responsibly managed forests certified by recognised schemes such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

We received a B rating from CDP Water in 2021 (2020: B).

CDP Water Security 2021 submission
CDP Water Security 2021 score
Water Data Methodology Statement 2021

CDP Forests 2021 score

Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)

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:

ESOS Compliance Strategy