Environmental Management

Environmental management is a key area of focus for Berkeley Group, given the possible risks to the natural and built environment and potential disruption to local residents that construction activities present if not controlled. 


environmental prosecutions in 22/23


Berkeley's average score for the CCS Environmental section


average score for the internal site sustainability assessment

We have developed a robust framework to identify, understand and manage the environmental issues on and around our construction sites as well as the legal requirements that we must adhere to. 

Our site teams are aware of the environmental risk on each site as they are provided with training and each site has an environmental risk register.  Our local sustainability teams also undertake regular checks and quarterly audits.

Sustainability Management System

Our approach is underpinned by a set of Sustainability Standards and our Sustainability Management System (SMS). The Standards outline our approach to managing sustainability issues relating to all business activities, from planning through to construction, marketing and handover. The SMS aims to ensure we understand and mitigate risks and disruptions to the environment and community caused by construction activities, including nuisance, pollution and environmental regulation breaches. It also provides the basis for a systematic and consistent approach to environmental management, to be delivered in conjunction with our contractors.

Procedures and standards are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up to date to meet regulations as well as requirements set out by our internal policies. Procedures and standards are also shared with our contractors prior to them commencing on site. Contractors are required to sign up to our Sustainability Standard for Contractors and provide evidence of how the can support Berkeley in achieving continuous improvements and best environmental management practices on site.

This approach and our focus on environmental management on site has contributed to our sites’ achieving an average score of 14.63 in the ‘Care for the Environment’ section of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, compared to an industry average of 13.00.

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Environmental Assessment Process

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Each site goes through a robust assessment process to identify environmental risks and opportunities. This process ensures sites meet the legal and planning requirements, whilst also implementing best practice to minimise and, where possible, prevent negative impacts on the environment and communities. The assessment is repeated at least quarterly throughout the construction process, starting from site set up, to cover all stages of development and to take into account the evolving variety of activities on site. 

We have introduced an evolved site sustainability assessment form that allows us to more readily compare sites across the Group. The assessment considers various performance indicators (such as waste and resource management, pollution prevention, energy and water efficiency, and nuisance) and generates an overall score, thus providing a simple way of understanding how each live site is performing. This allows project managers to identify areas for improvement and encourages them to strive for excellence in order to be above the Group average. The system also helps identify projects that have been able to significantly improve their score over time, and those requiring additional training or support.

Environmental Incidents and Near Misses

Berkeley is committed to achieving zero significant or major incidents per year. Anything that causes harm beyond a small localised area of site or causing environmental consequences or nuisance beyond the site boundary would be classified as significant or major incident, depending on the extent of the impact on the environment or neighbours. We implement processes and measures to meet this target, including rigorous checks of the pollution prevention controls and response plans in place on site as part of our regular sustainability assessments. 

Sites are expected to be prepared to respond in the most appropriate manner. We deliver incident preparedness and response training to our staff and contractors to ensure the teams on site know what to do should an incident occur.

If an incident does occur, the causes are investigated and the lessons learnt are reviewed and shared across Berkeley to reduce the likelihood of reoccurrence.

We also focus on capturing near misses. Although near misses do not cause harm to the environment or people, they can offer the opportunity to identify behavioural aspects, areas for improvement and requirements for additional training.