Blog: Sustainability SECBE Awards 2020 finalist - Operating sustainably in partnership with Heathrow

17 June 2020

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Sustainability SECBE Awards 2020 finalist - Operating sustainably in partnership with Heathrow (submitted by Mace)

Mace and Heathrow have demonstrated leadership on a broad range of sustainability issues. Every single project the team works on is held to high sustainability standards. This has been recognised by the client with Mace winning two awards at the Heathrow Partnership Awards 2019: ‘Partner of the Year’ (the most prestigious Heathrow award) and ‘Working Together’ for outstanding collaborative work with both client and community.

Mace set out clear strategies to ensure goals are achieved across the sustainability spectrum. Two of their most prominent strategies have been the ‘Time to Act’ Campaign - to reduce single use plastics - and ‘Steps without Footprints’ - for Mace to become net zero in 2020. Both ambitious, the latter is industry-leading and they are happy to use their knowledge to help guide other businesses in the industry, clients and sub-contractors to take similar action.

Other areas of achievement include achieving Carbon Trust Level 2 – Supply Chain Standard for work to reduce carbon emissions across their projects on the airport. Following on from successful partnering with Heathrow to achieve Carbon Trust Level 3 - Supply Chain Standard, they are aiming to make Heathrow the ‘First Airport in the World’ to achieve this standard. Mace was committed to working with its own suppliers and was awarded Level 2 in April 2019.

Aside from environmental campaigns, Mace has taken a lead in staff volunteering and community work. They have promoted construction through schools via their ‘Building Futures Programme’ that was further developed and ran again in 2019. Heathrow has now chosen this as their lead project for the education plan for delivery at the airport. It also won Mace the Heathrow ‘Working Together’ award mentioned previously. Furthermore, the Jason Robinson Sports Stars Programme that Mace ran in conjunction with Heathrow and two local schools to promote well-being in children was also such a success that they are running this again throughout 2020.

Mace believes strongly in sharing knowledge and collaborating with all stakeholders. They do this via workshops and meetings with other construction companies as well as sub-contractors at Heathrow and openly share and discuss their ideas. They also engage with all Heathrow staff through ‘Mace Movies’ where sustainability issues are shared to help industry understanding. Mace also support the Carbon Trust Annual Summit, to help business in other sectors to collaborate for success.


Highlights:

  • Mace’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions throughout the business
  • Mace’s performance on the prompt payment code
  • Mace’s engagement with local schools and community


About the Sustainability Award: 

High environmental and climate performance in construction aims to meet present day needs for housing, working environments and infrastructure without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs in times to come. It seeks to limit impact on the natural environment and demonstrate whole life sustainability. It is most effective when organisational culture, high design quality, technical innovation and transferability are abundant.

> Find out more about the other finalists here

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