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Energy Awareness Week At Costain

6 November 2012

A week-long focus on energy awareness across Costain starts on November 12, as the Group pursues its target of cutting its CO₂ emissions by 55% by the end of the decade.

An extensive programme of toolbox talks, staff briefings and appointment of energy champions to co-ordinate the campaign on projects and within the offices throughout the business will be backed up by promotional material and themed communication. All of this has the aim of encouraging staff to cut emissions, reduce environmental impact and save costs.

The various tools for the week have been developed and collated by Graduate Environmental Advisor, Claire Baker. “She’s done a fine job,” said Group Environmental  Manager, Amy Shuffleton. “It’s a very comprehensive package of material to support our environmental aims.”

The programme comes after a series of trials in the spring at Maidenhead, Manchester and a couple of other major projects; amendments and refinements were then made before its Group-wide launch.

“The idea is to engage everyone in the topic of climate change,” said Amy.  “We give people the information on how to cut the amount of energy they use and we hope it will change their behaviour.“

The theme is ‘Save it by switching off’; “The idea is not only to reduce the impact on the environment and its associated costs from Costain’s point of view but to give people an opportunity to take the ideas home with them,” she added. Energy consumption will be monitored both during Energy Awareness Week and the preceding seven days to check the impact the events have had on consumption.

Costain also plans to engage its supply chain and, where appropriate, its customers, in the process.