Taylor Wimpey, one of the UK’s largest residential homebuilders, has announced its environment strategy, ‘Building a Better World’. The developer has committed to creating a greener, healthier future for its customers, colleagues and communities with a series of new targets.
The strategy focuses on key environmental impacts for the business; climate change, nature, and resources and waste, with specific commitments to:
– Increase nature on new developments
– Achieve its science-based carbon reduction target
– Make it easier for customers to live a more sustainable lifestyle
Partnerships to support nature on new housing developments
Taylor Wimpey has committed to increasing natural habitat on its new developments compared with before development begins and, where appropriate, to adding additional wildlife enhancements, such as bug hotels, bird and bat boxes and wildlife ponds to support native species.
In an industry-first partnership, Taylor Wimpey will also be working with national insect charity, Buglife, to improve habitat for pollinating insects on its new housing schemes. This includes supporting Buglife’s B-Lines project which is creating ‘insect pathways’ of pollinator-friendly habitats through the UK’s countryside and towns.
A new partnership with Hedgehog Street, a joint undertaking between the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and People’s Trust for Endangered Species, will see the developer integrate hedgehog highways across its new developments.
Science-based carbon targets to tackle climate change
Taylor Wimpey’s environment strategy includes ambitious carbon reduction targets which have been developed with the Carbon Trust and validated by the Science Based Targets initiative. The operational target is consistent with the reductions needed to limit global warming to 1.5 °C, the most ambitious goal of the Paris Climate Agreement