As part of its ongoing commitment to the environment and sustainability, Milestone Infrastructure, a part of M Group Services, joined its client, Oxfordshire County Council, in hosting its Carbon Reduction Workshop.

Hosted at Drayton Golf Club, over 40 people from Milestone, Oxfordshire County Council and M Group Services Plant & Fleet Solutions took part in the event. The workshop highlighted the focus areas around design, materials, plant, fleet and depots, where the partnership’s Carbon Reduction Plan has been successful, alongside round table focus groups to create an action plan to continue momentum in the next steps towards reducing carbon.

Currently the partnership has seen success in removing over 3,600t of carbon from its highways throughout the last year. This has been achieved through the use of several carbon reduction initiatives, including re-designing the materials palette to allow new low carbon materials as standard, switching the Milestone fleet onto Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), trialling electric commercial vehicles and the development of a Carbon Portal to capture real-time carbon reduction measurement.

Speaking on the Carbon Reduction Workshop, Rich Lovewell, Business Director on the contract, said “The Carbon Reduction Workshop is a great opportunity to pool the knowledge and experience from across the partnership of Milestone and Oxfordshire County Council with delivery, environment, property and fleet teams working together to plan our ongoing strategy to reduce carbon emissions. We’ve had some tremendous success, reducing our carbon output by over 25% in recent years, and it is essential that we continue exploring innovation and adapt to new ways of working to achieve our net-zero targets.”

Sean Rooney, Head of Service- Highways at Oxfordshire County Council, said: “Our partnership approach and joint working between the Oxfordshire County Council and Milestone teams has highlighted the benefit of a joined-up approach to determine solutions for significant issues such as carbon reduction.

“We are leading the game in terms of the level of work we are undertaking to reduce our carbon impact whilst delivering the highway maintenance of the Oxfordshire County Council road network. We must continue the momentum of change and ensure our current successes are built upon through the action plan developed from the discussions held on the day.”

The Carbon Reduction Workshop is integral in the partnership’s aim to get PAS2080 accreditation, a global standard for managing infrastructure carbon, which focuses on the whole value chain, aiming to reduce carbon and reduce cost through more intelligent design, construction and use.

Milestone continues its ongoing progress towards achieving net zero across its operations, including its supply chain, by 2040.

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