Environment Week sets out to deliver positive impact


Team Van Oord partner Kier is next week (10-14 July) staging an ‘Environment Week’ which includes a series of webinars covering ‘hot topics’ and an interactive three-day event at the company’s Head Office.

The Environment Week is part of Kier’s move towards ‘Vision 2020’ – an ambition to operate a safe and sustainable business, including working in a manner that has a positive impact on the environment.

The three-day event (10-12 July) at Kier’s UK base at Tempsford Hall will include suppliers demonstrating how to deal with dust, noise and spills and showcasing the latest energy efficient plant and equipment.

There will also be a series of short briefings on key environmental topics and the opportunity to participate in a great crested newt survey and bat walk.

The week will also see the launch of a new carbon calculator to support the Kier Group’s energy strategy ‘30 by 30’, which is designed to reduce energy consumption by 30% by the year 2030.

Webinars will be available to all Kier staff on the following environmental topics:

  • Monday 10 July (12:00) – How to manage soils containing asbestos
  • Tuesday 11 July (12:00) – Planning for biodiversity
  • Wednesday 12 July (12:00) – Top 10 tips for reducing energy use on your site
  • Thursday 13 July (12:00) – What is waste?

Phil Ramsay, Team Van Oord National Framework Manager, said: “We applaud Kier for this imaginative initiative.

“Team Van Oord’s Environment and Sustainability Policy challenges our project teams to manage the sustainability issues arising from construction projects, and initiatives such as Kier’s Environmental Week can only help us achieve this.”

Team Van Oord and the environment
Earlier this year, employees working on two Team Van Oord sites in West Sussex received specialist training on silt management, one of the leading causes of pollution generated at construction sites. The training covered the legal requirements associated with the management of silt on construction sites, and included a number of case studies covering silt pollution incidents in the UK.

Working in partnership with frog environmental, Team Van Oord has successfully deployed ‘silt wattles’ to help control sediment at the Clay’s Lake Flood Prevention Scheme which Team Van Oord is delivering on behalf of the Environment Agency.

Natural silt wattles are used as check dams in rivers, ditches, swales and gullies to reduce the speed of water and aid natural sediment deposition. The natural media supports silt trapping and can also be used in conjunction with a floc mat to enhance sediment capture and reduce downstream turbidity.

6 July 2017