Supply Chain Sustainability School unveils enhanced Plant Commitment Charter

Plant Commitment Charter

THE Supply Chain Sustainability School has unveiled updated versions of its Plant Commitment Charter and Minimum Standards, designed to lead the UK’s built environment towards reducing site emissions and enhancing air quality.

The School said many UK construction sites still use ‘outdated, environmentally harmful’ plant and equipment. To combat this, the Plant Leadership Group developed the Plant Commitment Charter, encouraging organisations to commit to reducing emissions and improving sustainability. Signatories pledge to focus on measurement and reporting, engagement, training and education, and innovation.

Niall Conroy, sustainability program manager at Wolffkran and vice-chair of the Plant Group, said, “The Plant Group provides a myriad of opportunities to shape industry best practice and guidance for organisations of every size. The third version of the Plant Charter’s Minimum Standards has been collaboratively informed by the experiences and input of organisations manufacturing, leasing, and using construction plant. This version will help to further advance the fantastic progress that the Plant Group and Charter have made so far.”

The charter now boasts 21 signatories, including Advanté, BAM Group, Bouygues UK, Costain, ECOHire, EKFB, Explore, Ferrovial, GAP Group, Hercules Site Services, MachineMax, McLaughlin & Harvey, M O’Brien Group, M&J Evans Construction, Murphy Group, Robertson, SCS JV, Select Plant Hire, Speedy Services, Veritech Security, and VP plc.

Craig Downs, plant manager at EKFB and chair of the Plant Group, added, “It has been an excellent year for new members. The growing number of signatories highlights the strengthening of the Plant Leadership Group and the valuable input we receive through the various channels provided by the School and Plant Group.”

The Plant Charter (Version 2) introduces a platinum level for organisations to commit to, requiring additional pledges to telematics, as well as incorporating the charter within their supply chain and procurement. Additionally, Minimum Standards (Version 3) includes new eco-operator training requirements.

Imogen Player, senior sustainability consultant at Action Sustainability and Plant Leadership Group manager at Supply Chain Sustainability School, commented, “The launch of the updated Plant Charter and Minimum Standards marks a significant step forward in our efforts to reduce emissions and improve air quality. These enhancements provide practical, actionable guidelines for organisations to elevate their sustainability practices and drive meaningful change in the built environment industry.”

Signing the Plant Commitment Charter is free and voluntary.