Signing the Waste to Wealth Commitment

Lydia Parnell

Global Corporate Responsibility Manager

UK

We have signed the Business in the Community (BITC) Waste to Wealth commitment, as we continue to reduce waste in our own operations and support our clients to do the same.

By signing, we have committed to:

  • Set targets to improve the productivity of resources that are key for our business
  • Work collectively towards doubling the nation’s resource productivity and eliminate avoidable waste by 2030, contributing in the way that is most relevant to our business
  • Redesign how resources are used in our products, services and operations
  • Collaborate across our organisations, value chains and sectors
  • Reconvene and report on progress annually to share learning and demonstrate results
  • Educate on adopting circular building and construction approaches to reducing the environmental impact of projects

Peter McGettrick, Managing Director of UK Advisory at Turner & Townsend and UK Environmental Lead said: “I am delighted to sign the waste to wealth commitment and formalise our ambition to improve resource efficiency and reduce avoidable waste. Working on the largest projects and programmes across the world, we can see the environmental pressures created through an increasing urban population, scarcity of resources and a need for improving energy efficiency. We are determined to shape a better built environment for future generations by improving the environmental management of our own operations, while using our expertise to enhance asset efficiency, programme performance and whole life value for our clients across the world.”

BITC CEO, Amanda Mackenzie OBE, added: "With just 11 years to prevent catastrophic climate change, it is essential they we find new ways of making the most of precious resources, waste as little as possible and find ways of turning the waste we do create into new wealth. Turner & Townsend joins a growing movement of businesses committed to the ambitious goals of collectively doubling resource productivity and eliminating avoidable waste by 2030. We look forward to working with Turner & Townsend to achieve this through its own operations and the advice it gives to its clients in the built environment."

Signing the Waste to Wealth commitment forms part of Turner & Townsend’s larger strategy to become a more sustainable business and create a better built environment for future generations. As a business we are aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which lay out key environmental targets that need to be met in order for the world to develop sustainably. Turner & Townsend is committed to the SDGs and will continue to embrace innovations that help to meet these goals.