Environment

Reducing our environmental impact

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Setting our Pathway to Net Zero

We have set two ambitious targets: to be net zero carbon in our operations by 2040 and to deliver net zero carbon homes in use by 2030. This will be achieved through a scale of emissions reductions consistent with pathways that limit warming to 1.5°C.

These commitments are supported by science based carbon reduction targets to reduce operational Scope 1 and 2 absolute emissions by 46.2% and Scope 3 emissions by 22% per m2 by 2030.

Reaching net zero carbon emissions for a company is achieved by reducing value chain greenhouse gas emissions, in line with 1.5°C pathways, and by balancing the impact of any remaining greenhouse gas emissions with an appropriate amount of carbon removals.

Responsible Sourcing of Timber

We are committed to responsible sourcing and look to use supply chain systems, which minimise the environmental impact associated with the production of key commodities such as timber.

All buyers, surveyors, suppliers and subcontractors to Persimmon via group deals are required to purchase Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certified timber and timber derived materials for use in all of our operations.

If FSC or PEFC certified timber and timber derived materials cannot be purchased, evidence must be provided that alternative materials are sourced from reputable and sustainable sources.

As a minimum, all buyers, surveyors, suppliers and subcontractors must ensure compliance to any applicable laws and regulation in relation to the sourcing of timber and timber derived materials.

In 2020, 90% of timber and timber based products via Group deals were from FSC or PEFC certified sources.

Modern Methods of Construction

Persimmon’s off-site manufacturing facilities:

Space4 LogoBrickworks logoTileworks logo

We believe we are one of the leading UK housebuilders using Modern Methods of Construction (MMC). In 2020, 75% of the homes we built used a form of MMC. This included 36% of the homes we built using timber frames.

5,300

timber frames and roof systems supplied in 2020

35m

concrete bricks supplied in 2020

Our off-site manufacturing facilities consist of Space4, a timber manufacturing facility, Brickworks and Tileworks. We believe that this vertical integration is a key differentiator for the Group and we are committed to continuing to invest in these facilities.

Our Space4 facility uses off-site manufacturing techniques to manufacture timber frames using PEFC certified timber, highly insulated wall panels and roof cassettes based on our standard core house types. In 2020, 31% of homes sold were built using Space4 timber frames.

Typically, 28% less carbon is produced in the manufacture of concrete bricks in comparison to clay, with a total lifetime carbon saving of 2.4 tonnes of CO2 per house built**. In 2020, 41% of homes sold used concrete bricks from our Brickworks manufacturing site. The Group’s roof tile manufacturing plant commenced deliveries to site in early 2020, and has supplied approximately 2.5m tiles to 115 sites across the Group.

**Provided by Edenhall and Marshalls – based on calculations made from publicly available EPD and housebuilding data.

Targets

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We will achieve net zero carbon homes in use and in our operations, aligned to climate science.

We have a key role to play in minimising our environmental impact through our operations, our supply chain and the homes and communities we build, ultimately helping our customers to live more sustainably. Reducing our impact makes sense not only from an environmental perspective, but it also ensures greater efficiencies throughout our supply chain and operations.

UN SDG alignment

SDG7 - Affordable and clean energySDG 11 - Sustainable cities and communitiesSDG12 - Responsible consumption and productionSDG 13 - Climate ActionSDG15 - Life on Land

 

 

 

Material issue Target How we will achieve it
Climate change action and resilience Homes to be net zero carbon in use by 2030
(2019 baseline).
Through a combination of fabric energy efficiency, electrification and sourcing of renewable energy. 
Net zero carbon in our operations by 2040 (2019 baseline).  Investment in low carbon solutions and technology, energy efficiency measures and initiatives and sourcing of renewable energy
Reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 46.2% by 2030 (2019 baseline).
Reduce Scope 3 emissions by 22% per m² completed floor area by 2030 (2019 baseline). Continued efficiency of Persimmon homes and supply chain engagement to reduce embodied carbon within products and services. 
50% of homes sold will use timber frames from Persimmon’s Space4 manufacturing site by 2025  Continued investment to increase capacity in Space4 to deliver on modern methods of construction.
In 2021, aim to purchase 100% renewable electricity for Persimmon’s offices and manufacturing facilities.

In 2021, aim to purchase REGO certificates for plots, show homes and temporary building supplies electricity consumption.
• Purchase energy from providers sourcing 100% renewable energy as part of tender process.

• Work with energy providers to purchase REGO certificates for consumption.
In 2021, Persimmon will aim to offer electric cars and petrol-electric hybrids as primary fuel options to colleagues on the company car scheme where practical with the elimination of petrol and diesel from new company car orders and replacements by 2027.  Update company car policy and procedures during 2021 alongside decision tree to ensure colleagues are provided with a suitable car for their needs.
Update company car policy and procedures during 2021 alongside decision tree to ensure colleagues are provided with a suitable car for their needs. Engagement with suppliers and the Supply Chain Sustainability School to monitor success.
Maintain timber and timber derived products from responsible and sustainable sources via Group deals. Ensure adherence to timber sourcing policy through engagement with supply chain
Helping our  customers to live sustainably From 2021, increase sustainability messaging within Persimmon’s customer marketing materials and website. Marketing teams to ensure sustainability messaging is incorporated into materials, with a focus on practical tips and information on carbon reduction.
Homes to be net zero carbon in use by 2030 (2019 baseline). Through a combination of fabric energy efficiency, electrification and sourcing of renewable energy.
Reduce Scope 3 emissions by 22% per m² completed floor area by 2030 (2019 baseline). Continued efficiency of Persimmon homes and supply chain engagement to reduce embodied carbon within  products and services

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