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Carbon Reporting / Legal Requirements

Sustainable development, in particular carbon reduction, has become an increasingly important priority, with a global commitment to reducing carbon to Net Zero by 2050.

Carbon Reporting / Legal Requirements Billington Structures

SECR Streamline Energy and Carbon Reporting

The 2018 Regulations require large unquoted companies that have consumed (in the UK), more than 40,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy in the reporting period to include energy and carbon information within their directors’ (trustees’) report.

Our SECR reporting is in accordance with UK regulations and includes emissions arising from our fleet, gas and electricity in all sites and offices.

Our approach to environmental matters is included within the Sustainable and Responsible Business Report. During the year we obtained the ESOS Audit Report for Phase 2 (2015-2019) and was deemed to be fully compliant with ESOS legislation. We also achieved re-certification for BS EN ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management.

A carbon footprint is a measure of the impacts of an activity on global warming by calculating the greenhouse gas emissions of these activities, usually stated as a ‘CO2e’, or carbon dioxide equivalent. This is done to show all key greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide) expressed as a common unit, allowing easy comparison across organisations, industries and countries.

What are carbon footprint scopes? Emissions are defined under three categories, or ‘Scopes’ – Scope 1, 2 and 3.

Scope 1 (Direct Emissions)

  • Steelmaking process
  • Manufacturing process
  • Fugitive emissions

Scope 2 (Indirect Emissions)

  • Purchased energy
  • Greenhouse gas emissions generated by electricity/heat

Scope 3 (Other Indirect Emissions)

  • Employees business travel (air/train travel)
  • Solid waste
  • Suppliers
Carbon Reporting / Legal Requirements Billington Structures

BCSA Sustainability Gold Charter

Carbon footprint annual reporting forms part of the BCSA Steel Construction Sustainability Charter.

Billington also maintains the Gold Standard awarded by the British Constructional Steel Association (BCSA) for meeting the requirements of the Steel Construction Sustainability Charter. The programme of sustainability objectives is reviewed annually as a means of demonstrating continuous improvement.

The objectives of this charter are to develop steel as a sustainable form of construction under the three core aspects of sustainability in terms of economic viability, social progress and environmental responsibility.

The below reporting criteria forms part of the measures to achieve Sustainability Gold Charter

  • Incoming steel – location, source type and quantity
  • Transport of incoming steel – distance, average weighted delivery, number of deliveries and vehicle type
  • Manufacturing consumables
  • Energy consumption
  • Fuel (production)
  • Production waste
  • Finished product transport
  • Steel stock adjustments
  • Business travel
  • Erection data
  • Water consumption

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