Speedy’s chief operating officer Dan Evans has joined the Supply Chain Sustainability School board as the organisation ramps-up its focus on helping the industry meet the challenging sustainability targets set out by the UK Construction Strategy 2025. 

With more than 14 years at the UK’s leading construction equipment hire and services provider, Dan Evans will join chairman Shaun McCarthy OBE and eight other elected board members from some of the industry’s largest businesses, including Morgan Sindall, Balfour Beatty, Willmott Dixon, Sir Robert McAlpine and VINCI. 

Based in London, the Supply Chain Sustainability School represents the needs of over 100 partner businesses and 14,000 sustainability school members. The organisation aims to upskill firms on integrating more sustainable ways of working into their businesses through free, practical support in the form of CPD-accredited e-learning modules and training workshops, tailored assessments and action plans, benchmarking tools, networking opportunities, and access to thousands of online resources.

Speedy has a strong track record through its Partnership Excellence Programme in collaborating with its customers and suppliers in reducing carbon emissions across the supply chain and delivering low-carbon logistics programmes for major construction projects, most recently for HS2.

In addition to his role on the Speedy Executive Board, Dan is also a non-executive director of a rail civil engineering and plant hire business working directly for Network Rail.

Dan Evans said: “Sustainability sits at the heart of our business. With the construction industry’s significant contribution to carbon emissions, we’ve long recognised the importance of helping our customers transform how they operate by providing low and zero carbon tools and equipment.

“Our ESG programme ‘Energise’ sets out a detailed set of KPIs aligned with the UNSDG’s (UN Sustainability Development Goals), and through product and services innovation we have a strong track record of collaborating with our partners across the supply chain to introduce new, sustainable solutions that make a real difference for our customers. I’m looking forward to supporting the Supply Chain Sustainability School in working with its members to meet the industry’s sustainability targets.”

James Cadman, climate action and plant group lead at the Supply Chain Sustainability School, said: “Tool and equipment hire represents a vital element of the industry’s supply chain, and Dan will bring a breadth of experience and expertise that will expand the knowledge and resources we can share with our members. We look forward to having Dan on our board as we strive towards creating a more sustainable built environment.”

In September, Speedy was awarded gold membership after its sustainability efforts were recognised by the school. The business also won the Best Sustainability & CSR Initiative at the Hire Awards of Excellence Awards 2020 for its Energise programme and is trialling converted electric taxi vans to deliver tools, generators and concrete mixers to London sites – a world first in construction. 

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