An industry first – our construction operations are verified as ‘carbon managed’

21 Jun 12

Leighton Contractors’ construction operations across Queensland, Northern Territory and Papua New Guinea have been successfully verified by SAI Global* for a second year against the ISO 14064.1 standard for greenhouse gas quantification and reporting.

This verification classifies these operations as ‘carbon managed’, the first and only construction operations to achieve this certification within the industry.

This beyond-compliance verification can give our valued clients, business partners and suppliers, further confidence that our reporting is robust and accurate, while we continue to meet mandatory reporting requirements of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act.

The verification has initiated improvements across the company in order to further align with the standard and foster continuous improvement.

Samantha Hayes, Group Energy & Efficiency Manager, Leighton Contractors, said the comprehensive verification process has generated learnings, tools and resources which have now been adopted across Leighton Contractors’ projects and offices nationally.

“This robust reporting provides our business with a solid foundation to reduce energy consumption and improve efficiency across our operations,” Ms Hayes said.

“Amid discussions on the reduction of carbon emissions in Australia, clients can be assured Leighton Contractors is best positioned to accurately quantify and report on energy consumption, production and greenhouse gas emissions as requested.

“Achieving this international best practice benchmark clearly demonstrates how committed Leighton Contractors is to going beyond mandatory compliance to generate more positive outcomes by thinking about tomorrow, not just today.”

Ms Hayes said day-to-day, Leighton Contractors continues to look for ways to reduce its carbon footprint, which is made possible through initiatives such as the Eco-Operator Training Program – an initiative targeting a minimal 10% reduction in fuel consumption on projects.

Best practice example

Leighton Contractors’ Queensland headquarters at the HQ Development (designed and developed in a joint venture with Leighton Properties) in Brisbane is also a great example of Leighton Contractors investing in clean energy, boasting one of Australia’s largest co-generation plants in a commercial building.

It offers a new benchmark in energy efficient delivery with 95 per cent of the energy for the development supplied by the co-generation system, reducing the development’s overall impact on the environment.

The fit-out of Leighton Contractors’ HQ is also Queensland’s first project to achieve a 6 Star Green Star for Office Interiors v1.1 which represents ‘World Leadership’ in environmentally sustainable construction.  The HQ Development is also Queensland’s first project to be awarded both a 6 Star Green Star Office Design As Built v2 and a 6 Star Green Star for Office Interiors v1.1 within the same building.

View the Leighton Contractors 2011 Energy Efficiency Opportunities Report.

ISO 14064.1 is the International Organisation for Standardisation standard 14064, the International Green House Gas Protocol, and the Energy Efficiency Opportunities Act.

*Leighton Contractors was verified by SAI Global who is accredited under ISO 14065 by JAS-ANZ, the government-appointed accreditation body for Australia and New Zealand, to undertake GHG validation or verification using ISO 14064.