About the Wates Group

Reducing emissions and minimising waste

Our objective is to be profitable and competitive without harming the natural environment. Our environmental strategy is based on waste management, resource use and energy.

We aim to reduce our carbon emissions by 10% year on year. We have already achieved a 10% reduction in CO2 emissions from our head office. Our next challenge is to address business travel within the Group.

Through our Target:Zero programme, we aim to send zero non-hazardous waste to landfill by 2010. The construction industry is the largest producer of waste to landfill – generating more waste than all 21 million UK homes put together. But more efficient procurement of materials, recycling and re-use means that in 2008, we diverted 84% of non-hazardous waste from landfill.