PDC Scaffolding (PDC), one of the leading scaffolding companies in the south east, has announced a commitment to reducing its impact on the climate.
The business has partnered with Carbon Neutral Britain to identify and offset its environmental impact for 2021 and beyond, and is now a certified Carbon Neutral Business. PDC has offset its total carbon emissions through internationally certified carbon offsetting projects, which have been selected based on their direct and indirect impact around the world. But the company believes it needs to do more and is intending to make further commitments during 2022 and beyond.
“PDC has already begun to have a positive impact on the scaffolding and construction industry,” says MD Paul Casey. “We stock Supadek scaffolding boards which are made from a recyclable polymer composite, are impermeable to water and score highly for slip resistance. And we are currently looking at a range of other initiatives that support our aim to have a positive impact on the environment, rather than simply offsetting a negative one.”
Among the moves being considered by the company are using biodiesel in their trucks rather than regular diesel, replacing smaller vehicles with electric vehicles and adding solar panels to office facilities.
“We are also keen to encourage our customers to put climate first,” adds Paul Casey. “For example, thousands of tons of plastic safety netting is thrown away every year across the UK. We are working with customers to use recyclable guards wherever possible, and we also promote the re-use of old netting in allotments and other non-commercial uses.”
Alongside its climate commitments, PDC is also investing in wellbeing and team support, working with partners including Construction Sport to ensure that staff in the office and on-site have access to support when they are feeling stressed, run down or worried. “Construction has always been a difficult sector when it comes to tackling problems with wellbeing or mental health,” says Paul Casey. “By setting up these initiatives, we hope to break down some of those barriers and make scaffolding and construction a supportive workplace.”