The Portakabin Group is committed to sustainability through its energy-saving and environmental programme. Our modular construction methods and buildings help to reduce energy and resource use, minimise waste and cut carbon emissions. In addition, we work hard to protect the environment through our own operations. Such a strong environmental commitment gives you the reassurance that choosing Portakabin as a supplier will support your sustainable sourcing aspirations.
Environmental Business of the year
Portakabin Group was proud to win the prestigious Environmental Business of the Year Award at the Yorkshire Post Environment Awards. The Group was honoured for its initiatives which cover every aspect of its business – from recycling, waste management processes, zero waste to landfill, encouraging employees to cycle to work, and its sustainable transport policies.
ISO14001-accredited environmental management system
We have gained recognition for our high standards of environmental management and commitment to ongoing environmental responsibility with accreditation to the ISO 14001 international standard.
Effective energy and waste minimisation policies
Across our manufacturing, office and Visitor & Hire Centre sites we carry out detailed energy monitoring so we can keep energy use under control and introduce more efficient practices wherever possible.
After improving the management of waste by integrating waste streaming and segregation across the Huntington site, The Portakabin Group achieved the goal of zero waste to landfill in January 2012. Any non-recyclable waste is now being incinerated for power generation.
Pioneering commitment to sustainable construction
The Portakabin Group is the first modular building company to commit to meeting the challenges set out in the traditional construction industry Major Contractors Group Sustainability Charter. Intensive training has been carried out to raise awareness among all employees of the need to reduce waste and energy consumption across the business.
Minimising our carbon footprint with UK Steel
79% of the steel used by the Portakabin Group is supplied from within the UK, strongly supporting British manufacturing and minimising our carbon footprint compared to steel imports from Asia.
A formal assessment of its top 20 suppliers’ environmental performance has been achieved and next year’s target is to further improve on this work. The rating for The Group, against the criteria set by the Business in the Community Environmental Index, improved from 53% in 2011 to 93% in 2012.
Zero Waste Gold Award
Portakabin received the highest accolade at the Zero Waste Awards in recognition of its achievements in sustainable waste management. The Gold Award is only the 5th time this accolade has been presented since the awards began. The awards recognise excellence in waste prevention and re-use, recycling and energy recovery and are open to all organisations in both the public and private sectors.
Award-winning transport policy
Sustainability extends to all areas of our business. In 2010, Portakabin Group won an award for its long-term travel policy which encourages employees to cycle and walk to work, car share and use bicycles to get around the site.
Modular construction - the sustainable choice
Find out more about the environmental benefits of our buildings and modular or off-site construction from Portakabin.