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The implications of climate change and the threat of diminishing natural resources are compelling us to rethink the way we design, engineer, construct and operate our buildings and infrastructure.


It is inevitable that demand for housing, hospitals, transport, power and other vital infrastructure will rise. This is, of course, good news for our industry. But for development on this scale to be feasible, it must be safe and sustainable.


Traditional construction methods are carbon-intensive – and the built environment is the single biggest source of global CO2 emissions. Collectively, our sector consumes around one-third of the world’s natural resources, generating vast amounts of waste and pollution in the process.


The challenge is enormous - and no organisation can solve it in isolation. To this end, we are working with academic and industry partners to develop smarter processes and more sustainable products, delivering energy-efficient structures. At the same time we remain focused on reducing carbon and eliminating waste.


Our Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) approach has the potential to significantly minimize negative impacts in delivery and maximize efficiency in use. This is reinforced by Building Information Modelling (BIM) – a digital prototyping tool that enables us to integrate data about a structure’s design, engineering and operation. This ‘virtual construction’ approach reduces waste at all stages of the project life-cycle.

For more information on how we’re reducing carbon through DfMA and BIM, click here.


By 2050 we aim to achieve an 80% reduction. Working with independent environmental bodies and government regulators, we are actively taking steps towards these targets. We have invested in more fuel-efficient fleet, while making improvements to our systems and processes.


Our primary objective is to eliminate waste at source through efficient design, procurement, manufacturing and engineering methodologies. In line with this, we have set stretching waste reduction and recycling targets. This includes a 80 per cent cut in construction waste by 2050.


Our responsible sourcing policy mandates the selection of products with the lowest environmental impact. This includes the use of non-hazardous and/or reusable materials, wherever practical. We also require our timber suppliers to provide 100 per cent FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) or PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) accredited materials.


We are committed to protecting and, wherever possible, enhancing the natural environment on and around our sites and offices. This is mandated thorough our biodiversity policy and environmental management system – and underlined in our target to eliminate all Category 1 environmental incidents. To ensure our projects fully understand their responsibilities, we deliver ‘environmental launches’ on new projects.


We work to the highest standards of environmental compliance and management. All CERM-EX Group businesses operate to ISO14001-accredited environmental management systems.


We have made substantial changes to our ISO 14001-certified environmental management system. To ensure our sites are as energy and waste efficient as possible, the new system provides enhanced guidance to help our projects set up and dismantle in the most sustainable way. 


CERM-EX is committed to the protection and enhancement of the environment. High environmental performance is an ongoing priority and is achieved by our actions in line with this policy. This policy sits alongside our Sustainability policy as part of our global policy framework, underpinned by our Global Code of Conduct.


Our goal is to minimize the negative impacts of our operations and maximize the quality of the built environment for future generations. Through innovation and application of good practice, we aim to steer the industry to design a sustainable and high-quality built environment with as little environmental impact as possible through the whole asset life-cycle. 


Our goal will be realized by:

  • Continual improvement of the environmental performance of our activities, products and services through clear objectives, targets and programmes

  • Complying with relevant legislation and requirements and regularly evaluating this compliance

  • Proactively minimizing environmental impacts, including being industry leading in minimizing direct and embodied carbon emissions, and providing energy efficient/low carbon assets for our clients

  • Improving resource efficiency by reducing the use of natural resources, reducing waste and diverting the waste we do produce away from landfill sites

  • Reducing our water consumption and improving water efficiency

  • Minimizing polluting emissions or discharges to the environment

  • Proactively protecting, preserving and enhancing wildlife/flora and their natural habitats

  • Enhancing employee understanding of environmental sustainability, through stimulating cultural change and providing clear direction

  • Engaging our supply chain in improving their environmental performance and responsible sourcing

  • Maintaining registration to ISO 14001:2004 for our principal businesses and progressively securing registration for our products and services businesses

  • Strong governance of the environmental agenda, underpinned by monitoring and reporting of progress against environmental targets and objectives


Our policies are reviewed and updated annually to react to client needs and evolve with the world around us to make CERM-EX the company of first choice for all our stakeholders, whilst challenging and changing the image of construction worldwide.


Our Approach

Health & Safety

CERM-EX | Our Approach

We believe in doing business in a way that is fair, transparent and, above all, safe and sustainable.

CERM-EX | Health & Safety

Our approach to health and safety is based on the idea of personal commitment and individual empowerment.


CERM-EX | People

We invest heavily in training, development and education. We support 400 employees on professional and academic programmes.

Product & Process Innovation

CERM-EX | Product & Process Innovation

Just as social and political needs are changing, so construction and engineering must break away from traditional processes. Governments, developers and end-users are demanding safer, more cost-effective and sustainable solutions – delivered faster and to a higher quality.


CERM-EX | Responsibility
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