Key environment objectives and targets are driven by legislative and physical business risks and opportunities against a corporate strategic commitment to be a sustainable business.
At the heart of Marshalls' sustainable business model is an approach which combines key business issues and key performance indicators with third party verification, legislation and industry standards including ISO14001 for environmental management and ISO50001 for Energy Management. We have clear Environmental and Energy & Climate Change Policies in place and are on track to meet our policy commitments. Key environmental issues for us are climate change, water and biodiversity. These are particularly significant because Marshalls is aware of its contributions to man-made climate change - as detailed by the Inter-Government Panel on Climate Change - and as such is committed to helping reduce it. Read about our progress at here.
Marshalls’ management of Environmental issues has been recognised by third parties such as Business in the Community.
In addition to our mandatory duty to report annually on our Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Marshalls continues to report voluntarily to the Carbon Disclosure Project. We received a 98B rating for our 2015 report which includes a wider carbon management performance over time and also provides an insight for shareholders regarding the Group’s energy, carbon and climate change impact management programme. The full report can be found at CDP for subscribers.
Marshalls is engaged in a wide range of environmental initiatives which promote responsibility throughout its operations, working collaboratively with others in its sector and with its customers. These include The Carbon Trust Standard , MPA Resource Efficiency Action Plans , The Sustainable Concrete Forum, The Prince's May Day Network and our achievement of a ‘Very Good’ rating to BES6001 for Responsible Sourcing products.
In December 2012 Marshalls became a signatory of the CEO Water Mandate, a collaborative partnership between the UNGC, the Government of Sweden and a group of companies and specialised organisations dealing with the problems of water scarcity and sanitation. It is designed as a private-public initiative with a focus on developing strategies and solutions to contribute positively to the emerging global water crisis. As leaders of in our field we recognize that the private sector has an important stake in helping to address the water challenge faced by the world today. It is increasingly clear that lack of access to clean water and sanitation in many parts of the world causes great suffering in humanitarian, social, environmental and economic terms, and seriously undermines development goals.
Marshalls has developed a range of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) which deal with surface water run-off in an environmentally friendly way, addressing the three pillars of concern: Quantity; Quality; Amenity and Biodiversity. From permeable pavements to attenuation of large capacity linear range products such as Beany Block and Drexus XL.
Marshalls Priora System has a specific design methodology and sub-base specification which allows surface water to be controlled at source. Water can be drained directly into the ground, recharging the ground water whilst also controlling the surface water runoff at source.
Marshalls has used the consultancy services of The Carbon Trust to calculate the Carbon Footprints of its products to Publicly Available Specification PAS2050:2011 ‘The specification for the assessment of the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of goods and services’. The data is available via the Marshalls Carbon Footprint tool giving customers and designers the information to enable them to make an informed choice and calculate the Carbon Footprint of their project should they wish to carbon report or offset.
Marshalls Bioverse® is the world’s first carbon neutral paving system. Special Marshalls grass seed mix sequesters additional CO2 over normal grasses equal to the carbon footprint of the paving. The Bioverse system consists of reduced-carbon concrete modules, specially formulated Bioverse Grass Seed and a carefully designed sub base. The elements of the system together create a hardstanding area which is not only attractive and hardwearing, but is also a Biosphere which takes carbon from the atmosphere. The Bioverse Paving System becomes carbon neutral over the life of the driveway, providing the grass is maintained.