It’s estimated that buildings account for 40 per cent of the energy usage across the EU and GHG emissions from materials extraction, manufacturing of construction products. In addition, the construction and renovation of buildings are estimated to account for between five and 12 per cent of total emissions. All players in this sector have a responsibility to take action to reduce emissions. 

Alongside and closely linked to the issue of climate change there is an underlying principle that society needs to make the most of the resources that it uses, reduce waste and address the impact that plastics and packaging have on local and global environments. In addition, businesses need to assess the impact that operations, supply chains and products may have on nature and take steps to protect biodiversity.

Climate Change 

Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions reductions have been achieved through a focus on energy efficiency in buildings, more effective monitoring of energy usage through quarterly scorecard reporting and continued investment in solar panels and energy management systems in properties across our estate. To reduce the emissions in the vehicle fleet we invested in Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (HVO) as an alternative to diesel in several distribution sites as well as continuing the switch to electric and hybrid vehicles where practical.

Beyond Scope 1 and 2 we focused on calculating the Scope 3 GHG emissions of the Group, preparing targets to submit to the SBTi to achieve net zero by 2050.

We also developed our initial transition plan outlining how we aim to achieve our targets. The targets are incredibly stretching and will require continued improvements to data collection and monitoring and extensive engagement with our supply chain partners.

Waste management

Grafton works with waste management companies to monitor waste, manage it responsibly and look for opportunities to reduce it. In partnership with our waste management companies, teams work to divert the waste in our own operations from landfill. Teams continue to look for opportunities to replace plastic wrap used to distribute products with recycled alternatives as well as trying to reduce the amount used where possible by using collapsible boxes, moving to cages or strapping products together.

Water management

Water is not a material issue within Grafton’s operations as the branches and manufacturing facilities are not large users of water. However, Grafton is monitoring its water usage to ensure that this precious resource is used as efficiently as possible.


Biodiversity is an important and complex issue. The Group can impact biodiversity in its own operations, through its supply chains and in the use of products. There are various initiatives in place across the Group that are designed to address biodiversity as well as other environmental issues.


Grafton’s manufacturing businesses have policies and procedures in place to monitor, manage and minimise any emissions associated with the manufacturing process.

Read the Sustainability content in our Annual Report and Accounts to find out more about our targets, progress and plans. 

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