The Construction Industry, like most heavy industry, has an unfortunate negative impact on the environment, whether it’s from high levels of waste through the various construction processes; high levels of noise pollution, or the use of diesel fuels for energy.
What is important is to recognise these effects, and to find ways in which we can reduce, eliminate or offset the negative impacts. Good environmental practices should be managed appropriately by all industries to ensure we all work together to look after the world we live in.
WJ have adopted many new strategies and improvements to tackle these negative impacts.
WJ UK have always, and will continue to invest in new modern plant and equipment and work with our supply chain to ensure that the noise levels are reduced as far as practicably possible when we conduct our operations on site.
Waste reduction is very important to WJ and is continuously evaluated within the business across all levels. Recent examples include the reduction of drilling fluid waste output by investing in new drilling fluid separation and settlement plant, and reducing waste streams within our offices and yards by adopting recycling and up-cycling schemes.
As a water management company we use and process a lot of water during our operations, be that via abstraction, treatment and discharge, or during well installation process themselves. As water resources are increasingly pressured, we have a responsibility greater than most as water is our business.
We continuously invest in water management technology to separate drilling cuttings from our drilling flush, treat contaminated water, not over abstract in our construction dewatering systems and always try and engineer in aquifer recharge systems to avoid discharge to sewers whenever we can.
At WJ UK we continuously monitor our fuel and emissions so we can find ways to reduce our carbon footprint. We have been actively reducing our investment into diesel powered plant and rerouting it into electrically powered plant from drilling rigs to pump sets. However, it is not always practical to have electrically powered plant on site, therefore diesel-powered plant has a large role to play. WJ UK has committed to ensuring that its plant meets European Emission Standards minimum requirements and that WJ UK’s investment into new equipment meets the EU Stage V requirements.
Our commitment is also not limited to plant, but extends to our company hybrid and electric vehicles, driver training to reduce idling times, operator training to ensure plant is not run when not in use and changing over our lighting in our offices and workshops to high efficiency & energy saving LED lighting