Taylor Wimpey has committed to creating a greener, healthier future for its customers, colleagues and communities with a series of new targets.
The homebuilder’s environment strategy focuses on key environmental impacts for the business – climate change, nature, and resources and waste.
In particular, it 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.
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.
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.
To help make greener living more accessible, Taylor Wimpey has also committed to installing 36,000 electric vehicle charging points and implementing measures that will make it easier for customers to save water, increase recycling and work from home.
Through its partnerships with Buglife and Hedgehog Street, it will create opportunities for customers to engage with nature and help residents of its new communities to create 20,000 nature friendly gardens by 2025.
These actions build on customer research, carried out by Taylor Wimpey in 2020, which found that 42% of existing and potential new home customers have become more focused on environmental issues as a result of the pandemic. 43% considered environmental performance to be an important factor in choosing who to buy a new home from.
‘At Taylor Wimpey our purpose is to build great homes and thriving communities,’ said chief executive, Pete Redfern.
‘We’re proud to create places that will be enjoyed by generations of people for decades and even centuries to come. Yet today, younger generations face an uncertain future and the scale of the environmental crisis has never been more apparent.
‘As a responsible business, we want to act. By launching our environmental strategy and ambitious targets, we aim to play our part in protecting the planet and creating a greener, healthier future for our customers, colleagues and communities. By working with partners Buglife and Hedgehog Street, we will increase nature on our sites making them better places to live for our customers.’
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