Skanska and Highways UK celebrate sustainability partnership following industry’s biggest annual event
Skanska plays leading role in annual Highways UK event at NEC.
Highways UK, the industry-leading event took place at the National Exhibition Centre this month where Skanska took a leading role in highlighting sustainability for the event itself and the industry as a whole.
Skanska’s presence included the sponsorship of the Sustainability Theatre, where talks from industry leaders were held, from some of the biggest businesses and organisations in the industry. By acting as sustainability partner for the event, Skanska is helping Highways UK achieve the prestigious ISO 20121 accreditation.
ISO 20121 is an event sustainability management system that helps event organisers to become more socially responsible and reduce their environmental footprint. The framework set out guidance for implementing sustainability throughout events and is a way of working to ensure sustainability is considered at every step when planning.
Andrew Dowding Managing Director, Highways UK said:
“Highways UK is committed to delivering a sustainable event year after year, and through the collaboration with Skanska UK, we’ve developed our sustainability policy, and are determined to deliver ISO 20121 accreditation by the 2021 edition of Highways UK.
“Asking Skanska to be our sustainability partner at Highways UK was for me and obvious decision, given their sustainability pedigree. Skanska have always led the construction industry in their pursuit of greater resource efficiency and lowering their carbon footprint. Over the next two years we will work together to improve the behaviours of ourselves, exhibitors, suppliers and visitors to Highways UK.”
Chris Hayes, Sustainability Operations Director, Skanska said:
“Collaborating with Highways UK towards achieving ISO 20121 is important to Skanska when considering our contribution to the longer-term impact of running such a large event.”
Skanska worked closely with Highways UK to introduce sustainability initiatives throughout this year’s event like removing plastic water bottles and providing water fountains. Highways UK 2019 also reduced event guide printing to lower carbon output, encouraging visitors to leave guides at ‘re-use’ stations and recycling bins to help divert waste from landfill.
As sustainability partner this meant that Skanska sponsored the Sustainability Theatre, where talks from industry leaders were held. The talks were to encourage others to develop ideas to work beyond “business as usual” and getting carbon into the narrative is a key part of the way we work with industry.
Chris said: “The great messages and content delivered in the sustainability theatre will hopefully influence people to do more to reduce the impacts our industry can have on the planet and support our goal of Net Zero Carbon, including all of our supply chain, by 2045.”