Canadian Manufacturing

EllisDon commits to emissions reduction targets

The construction services company plans to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

September 29, 2021  by CM Staff

Ontario-based construction services company EllisDon has announced plans to reduce its emissions to put it in line with targets set by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), including keeping global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

These goals put the firm on target to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, EllisDon officials said in a Sept. 29 news release.

“As leaders in sustainability, we are committed to driving a low carbon economy and providing innovative solutions for our industry,” said Jody Becker, the company’s chief strategy officer, executive vice president infrastructure services & technology.

The SBTi organization independently assesses corporate emissions reduction targets in line with the goals identified in the Paris Agreement. EllisDon says it has committed to set targets across the entire value chain (Scope 1, 2, and 3).

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As part of this initiative, EllisDon will be:

  • Driving to zero emissions across business operations: Minimizing emissions from construction sites, assets, and products and services. This will include implementing efficiency measures and/or switching fuels to renewable resources for fleet vehicles, heavy equipment and buildings.
  • Driving to zero emissions in materials procured: Leveraging supply chain, trade partners and industry organizations to reduce the embodied carbon of the materials that go into the buildings and infrastructure that EllisDon builds, with a focus on structural materials, including concrete, steel and timber.
  • Driving to zero emissions in the operation of the projects built: Help EllisDon clients to target and deliver near zero emissions buildings by employing the full building services value chain to provide innovative, achievable and cost-effective solutions.

“The successful delivery of high performance, low carbon buildings requires deep collaboration,” EllisDon said. “This commitment also represents a significant opportunity for collaboration among supply chain, clients, and partners to realize true change in the industry and to lead by bringing innovative, efficient and achievable solutions to the market.”

EllisDon is a $5 billion-a-year firm with over 5,000 employees and 15 Canadian and international offices.