Scotts Timber Engineering awarded Carbon Footprint certification

Scotts Timber Engineering has been awarded a Carbon Footprint certification from Go Climate Positive, a provider of carbon management and offsetting services.

To date, Scotts is the only timber engineering business to receive a Go Climate Positive certification. This shows that Scotts is currently producing a third less carbon per unit of activity compared to others in its industry sector.

Scotts uses PEFC-certified wood and promotes the use of timber in construction and the built environment. But as James Scott, Managing Director of the Scotts Group admits, this is only the beginning.

“Going through this process of certification has taken a lot of time and attention to detail to truly understand where the main carbon impacts are in our business,” he said.

“The great news is timber is the only truly renewable building material, and for every tonne of timber used in our buildings instead of concrete, another two tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions are saved.

“The bad news is that we still generate a net carbon footprint of over 6,000 tonnes of carbon a year, so we need to find new ways to reduce that further.”

The certification process required Scotts to measure the greenhouse gas emissions from all aspects of its operations, including emissions from its supply chain, products, and services. The emissions were calculated using the GHG Corporate and Value Chain Protocol Standards, and targets that aligned with the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTI) guidelines, with independent guidance from Go Climate Positive.

James continued: “We believe that reducing our carbon footprint is not only good for the planet, but also good for our business, as it helps us improve our efficiency, reduce our costs and enhance our reputation. We look forward to working with Go Climate Positive to monitor our progress and achieve our reduction targets.”

To further reduce its carbon emissions, Scotts has developed a carbon reduction plan with specific targets and actions. This plan aims to lower the level of emissions produced by the company. Some of the actions Scotts is taking include eliminating oil usage – instead, the company uses waste wood in a new biomass boiler at its Thrapston headquarters to provide heating for the office – and investing in renewable energy by installing solar panels for its Redditch site to reduce Scope 2 electricity usage.

Scotts Timber Engineering works with major volume housebuilders, specialist luxury homebuilders and other developers nationwide. From its manufacturing centres in Thrapston (Northamptonshire) and Redditch (Worcestershire), it designs, manufactures and supplies timber-engineered roof trusses, spandrel panels, metal web joists, porches and canopies, as well as car barns and carports.

It is part of the Scotts of Thrapston Group, which was established over 100 years ago.

The company has a strong reputation for high-quality, PEFC-certified specialist timber products and, as a long-standing member of the Trussed Rafter Association, Scotts maintains high technical and quality assurance standards and a commitment to best practices and the TRA’s code of conduct.