Wates poaches Balfour ‘Beyond Net Zero’ chief

Private builder Wates has poached Balfour Beatty net zero lead Bekir Andrews to accelerate progress towards its bold environmental targets by 2025.

In the new environmental sustainability director role, he reports to John Dunne, group safety, health, environment, quality and sustainability Director.

Andrews will lead on Wates’ efforts to decarbonise its operations as well as focusing on establishing Wates as the low carbon solution provider of choice within the built environment.

At Balfour Beatty, he was associate director for Group Sustainability, responsible for developing its sustainability strategy internationally, as well as leading its Beyond Net Zero ambition.

While at Balfour, Andrews was instrumental in setting the ESG KPIs with Lloyds Bank for the recent £375m revolving credit facility – the largest sustainable linked loan in the UK construction industry to date.

He also led on various innovation projects, such as the UK’s first successful engine retrofit to be approved by the Energy Saving Trust, working in partnership with Eminox, HS2, and the Centre for Low Emission Construction.

Andrews said: “I am excited to be joining such a forward-thinking company with a clear commitment to finding innovative ways to reduce waste and energy consumption, as well as enhancing the natural environment.

“As a sector, we face many challenges when it comes to reducing our environmental impact and I look forward to working collaboratively with Wates’ customers, designers, and supply chain partners on practical solutions that will deliver tangible outcomes against Wates’ 2025 targets.”

Wates 2025 environmental targets

Zero waste from Wates operations by 2025 – Wates aims to reduce and then eliminate the production of all waste created from on-site operations.Zero carbon from Wates operations and operational vehicles by 2025 – Wates aims to reduce carbon emissions from Scope 1 and 2 operations and to become carbon neutral.Positive impact on nature from all operations – Wates aims to enhance the natural environment wherever it operates and to increase the value and community benefit of natural environments.

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