North-east civil engineering contractor achieves carbon neutral status

Karen Stephen with one of their electric cars at a charging points, outside the new W M Donald office in Netherly.

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CIVIL engineering contractor W M Donald has achieved carbon neutral status.

The company, based at Netherley, Stonehaven and Inverness said it was the first in the North of Scotland to receive the status.

It has already achieved ISO accreditations 9001, 14001, 45001, and operates from a newly constructed “low carbon” office. The building has many low energy elements including Air Source heat pumps for heating and hot water and 100 kW of Photo Voltaic panels to offset electrical demand.

Aberdeen-based consultants, Carbon-Zero, were responsible for carrying out the review of W M Donald’s practices. Current initiatives being rolled out by W M Donald include installation of 4 nr 21KW electric car charging points, electric pool cars and purchasing of green electricity units, with several more already planned or in the early stages of implementation.

Ewan Riddoch, W M Donald managing director, said: “Embracing new and improved ways of working is at the heart of everything we do, and it has been brilliant to see our whole team get behind the process of achieving this standard.

“The team from Carbon-Zero have been an incredible support, especially as most of this assessment was carried out during Covid-19 restrictions. With their continued guidance we are now working on additional environmental initiatives that our team and clients will also benefit from.”

Brian Johnstone, Carbon-Zero business development and assessor, said: “In the efforts they have made in establishing their low carbon operations base, and their ongoing carbon management commitment, WM Donald are an example to all businesses of what can be achieved in reducing their carbon emissions. They should be commended for their foresight and congratulated on becoming a Carbon Neutral business.”

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