Gammon Group’s near-term carbon emissions reduction targets approved by Science Based Targets initiative

Embedding sustainability

Gammon Group is pleased to announce that the Company is the first construction and engineering company in Greater China to receive approval from the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) for its near-term science-based emissions reduction targets.

To reduce its carbon footprint and propel its drive for net zero, the Gammon Group commits to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 55% by 2033 from a 2021 base year through early site electrification, the deployment of electric plant and vehicles, increased energy efficiency and the adoption of modern methods of construction. The target ambition is in line with a 1.5°C climate change trajectory.

The Group also commits to reduce absolute scope 3 GHG emissions from purchased goods and services 33% within the same timeframe. These include modularisation and reuse of structural steel, lower carbon concrete mixes, procurement of lower carbon steel, optimised material usage through design and construction methods, and selection of alternative materials with a lower carbon footprint. Following the usual SBTi approach, Scope 3 emissions reductions adopt a well below 2°C scenario which reflects the reduced level of influence we have over our supply chain emissions.

The commitment covers all the greenhouse gas emissions from the Group’s operations in Hong Kong, Macau, mainland China and Singapore both directly and indirectly, including the supply chain. With this commitment, we will support our customers with their net zero ambitions, and we are already taking action, demonstrated by the large range of low carbon concrete mixes we have already certified [1] , introduction of the first electric crawler crane to Hong Kong, the trials of CarbonCure technology to reduce cement in concrete, and supporting the Business Environment Council’s Power Up Coalition to promote early grid electricity connection. From 2023 we are also only purchasing electric vehicles for any new passenger cars required and have recently doubled the size of our solar photovoltaic array at our Tseung Kwan O facility connected under the Feed-in Tariff.

Engaging with our supply chain will be essential and we must co-operate closely to encourage them to also work towards a science-based carbon reduction target. This will be crucial for the industry as a whole to reach net zero carbon by 2050.

Kevin O’Brien, Chief Executive of Gammon Construction said: “Our commitment will see the Group move away from carbon intensive behaviours and practices towards longer-term, sustainable approaches and solutions. It will be challenging but Gammon believes it’s absolutely the right thing to do for its customers, employees and for the health of the planet”.

[1] CIC Green Product Certification

For more details, visit Gammon's website.