John F Hunt put time and effort into research and development, to life-cycle thinking, and embed sustainability into our work plans, methodologies and procurement strategies, to achieve a balance between environmental, technological, economic and social objectives.
efficiency and innovation
Efficient use of resources to promote a circular economy and close monitoring of energy, air quality, water usage, emissions and carbon levels is carried out throughout all projects and businesses within the John F Hunt Group nationwide.
Our goal is to achieve zero carbon by 2050, through developing more efficient technologies, recycling and waste minimalization, monitored through the use of our digital SMARTWaste tool. We maximise secondary material use, lessening the demand on primary resources, so producing an increase in efficiency and improving project costs.
Innovation is essential for the positive development of our business and the protection of our surroundings by creating maintainable solutions, our aim being to encourage resolutions that balance economic, environmental and social issues. This also creates added value for our clients, employees, subcontractors and the community in which we work.
As part of our ambitions to become carbon neutral, we have set the below minimum targets, which will assist in achieving the UK’s Net Zero targets
- Halve our greenhouse gas emissions before 2030
- Achieve net zero emissions before 2050
- Disclose our progress on a yearly basis
28.3% reduction in emissions in the past year
All ‘waste’ material from John F Hunt project sites across the UK, qualifies for carbon savings when it is reused, repurposed, or recycled.
It doesn’t really matter if the material is second hand or not, simply that it arises as waste from the project it was purchased for.
Examples of John F Hunt’s carbon saving measures
Waste diverted from landfill
We partnered with Globechain, to help us increase our material re-use rate whilst making a positive impact on charities and small and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s) in the process.
BIM Carbon Modelling
See a summary of an exercise we carry out to compare alternate methodologies to offer a low carbon solution to our clients.
Our aim is to support the local communities and businesses that we come into contact with through our work, to engage with local employment and supply chains to maximise their involvement in our projects. Although our physical presence on site is often short, we try to identify residents needs and help them achieve their community goals.
Through our workforce we endeavour to set people on good career paths through the provision of training, work experience, graduate courses and apprenticeships, helping break through personal barriers to lead to better life chances.
Memberships / Accreditations
Reusing concrete blocks
On our Liverpool Street project, by reusing the concrete blocks we produced a significant carbon saving and sustainable benefit.
of concrete saved
of wood saved
of CO2e Saved
The equivalent of:
Recycling and re-using steel
John F Hunt re-used the steel within the basement at our HS2 site in Euston. This innovative and sustainable basement propping uses simple steel props welded to the sides of containers filled with site won granular material.
95% of all steel is currently recycled and so this has a significant benefit to the environment, as “new” steel manufactured from iron ore (BOF) has roughly 2T of carbon per Tonne of steel…that’s a lot of carbon!
Potentially, using recycled steel reclaimed from an existing building to install into a new build can equate to
a 95% saving of carbon versus new blast furnace production (BOF)
or 30% versus electric arc furnace production (EAF)
The cost implications and logistical considerations depend upon the age and quality of the steel in place i.e. pre 1970’s steel is unregulated and therefore the quality can be different between installations and unsuitable for reuse.
At the pre-demolition audit stage throughout all our projects, our expert environmental team identify all potential items for reuse, including:
Carpets, floor tiles, ceiling lights, desks, kitchen units, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.
Working with Globechain the items are collected and distributed throughout their network of members, charities, and local community groups, giving them a new lease of life.
No of Items collected: 30,011
Weight in kgs : 60,206
People benefited: 1,080
Sectors benefited: Children & Youth, Education & Training and Environment
BIM Carbon Modelling
Waste Divert from Landfill
Total Waste (t)