Sustainable transport at BAM



Travel and transport are essential to our business, from getting people to and from work, to the delivery of plant and equipment to construction sites. Employees often travel long distances, with many locations having poor public transport links. This leads to high levels of car use, and long hours spent on the road. More sustainable transport can help improve the health and well-being of our staff and is a key part of reducing emissions.

Following a green fleet review with the Energy Saving Trust in 2009, we launched our sustainable transport strategy at the end of 2010.

Our Performance

We monitor all our significant transport impacts including travel by car for business and commuting (in both company and privately owned vehicles), fuel used in our commercial fleet and travel by public transport and air. 

We’ve reduced our transport emissions year on year since 2008 (both in absolute terms and normalised against turnover and number of employees). This includes reductions in our business mileage, air travel and fuel use within our commercial fleet. Our reduction in travel is also saving around £724,000 annually compared with 2008.

Transport emissions - Reduced emissions by £2,959 since 2008

Greening our fleets

We operate a company car scheme and have a fleet of around 170 cars. We’ve set annual targets to improve our fleet, offering efficient models that employees want to drive. The average efficiency of our company fleet improves year on year and now stands at 105g CO2/km. We hope to reduce this below 100g.

Our ‘grey fleet' is made up of around 1,200 staff that are given a car allowance to drive their own cars for work. The efficiency of our grey fleet has also improved from 176gCO2/km in 2009 to 155gCO2/km in 2014 following a concerted effort to encourage staff to opt for more efficient vehicles.

Our plant division manages our commercial fleet of vans and trucks, fitted with tracking systems and speed limiters. This helps to manage drivers more effectively, improves health and safety and reduces fuel consumption. Drivers are also provided with training for safety and efficiency and in 2014 our fleet also achieved the FORS Bronze Standard and are targeting the Silver Standard during 2015.

To ensure all the vehicles we use are efficient, we’ve set a policy for short term vehicle hire, guarantying that we will receive a car with no greater than 150gCO2/km.

Company Car Efficiency

The greenest route

Every one of our offices has a green travel plan, and we’ve developed templates and guidance for our construction sites, so that they can develop specific local plans for each new project, often linking with local initiatives such as car sharing, park and ride etc.

To encourage greener travel choices, we offer a Cycle-to-Work scheme and supplement this with a ‘green mileage’ allowance which employees can claim for cycling or using public transport. Most offices and some sites also have facilities to assist cycling e.g. showers, changing rooms and secure lock ups.

Staff have taken up the cycle to work offer

The most effective solution is not to travel at all… 

Since 2008, we've reduced our overall mileage (including both commuting and business travel) by 2.1 million miles, which is equivalent to around 36,000 hours on the road for 4 years.

Many of our essential systems can be accessed online making remote working easier and safer. Employees are provided with laptops and the option of a secure VPN to allow easy home working. 

We use ‘BAM online meetings’ - a service encompassing video conferencing, teleconferencing and WebEx (an online meeting tool) – to avoid unnecessary travel.

To promote travel by train, BAM has an easy, cost-effective, central booking service which allows the company to track train travel, which has increased for the past four years running. Employees receive assistance with public transport for commuting with season ticket loans, shuttle services and reimbursement for public transport.

1,913 business miles less per employee since 2008

Incentivising improvement

Sustainable travel is promoted to employees and all our HR documents make reference to our sustainable transport programme to ensure new staff know what’s available.

To encourage improvements in our grey fleet we introduced two measures. In 2012 the mileage recovery rate for car allowance drivers changed, now based on minimum 40 mpg being achieved. 

In 2011 we also launched a Green Car Award, offering incentives for those opting for more efficient vehicles. To date around 400 drivers have opted for more efficient cars. The awards are based on a target of improving the baseline average efficiency of our grey fleet, and we have now reached the top bands, where only those opting for cars in bands A and B can receive an award.

Over £200,000 paid out in 'Green Car Awards'


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