As part of our Murphy @75 strategy we have committed to a sustainability strategy – including social value and climate action. We are committed to playing our part in protecting the planet for future generations through climate action.
In recent years Murphy Ireland has been leading the field in the Irish construction industry. From our electric vehicle fleet, wide range of emission-free and low-emission construction equipment and compact machines, to the repurposing of old slings, and the recycling of aggregates.
Over the last decade, we have consistently worked to decrease carbon emissions associated with fuel and electricity by:
We introduced our first electric vehicles in 2019 and installed electric charging points at our Newbridge office and selected projects to encourage more employees to drive electric vehicles.
We have also purchased a number of Hybrid Excavators, which can reduce carbon footprint and fuel consumption by 30% and replaced our entire HGV Fleet with Euro 6 Engines, including our first Mitsubishi Eco Hybrid Pick-up Truck last year.
All Murphy Ireland’s 250 CFM Compressors are now Stage 5 and all Generators are Stage 3A low emissions super silent generators, while the company awaits Tier 5 models to be released.
We are also committed to protecting Biodiversity and striving for net positive impact on Biodiversity across all company activities. We are a supporter of the All Ireland Pollinator Plan and have recently become a founding member of the Irish Business Biodiversity Platform.
We employ a range of measures to enhance biodiversity including initiatives such as installing wildlife corridors/buffer strips, planting wildflower areas for bees and insects, protecting streams and aquatic life during works, safeguarding trees and hedgerows from design to works, and enhancing reinstated areas with native plant and sapling mixes.
Biodiversity is also being championed by our employees - some of whom did a beekeeping course to tend to our beehives in Newbridge. More hives are also being installed on a number of our projects.
One small, but powerful change we have made as a Group is to support reforestation and conservation around the world, has been to change our default search engine on all internet browsers to ‘Ecosia’. Each time a search is made using the Ecosia search engine, money is donated to reforestation and conservation, resulting in approximately 45,000 trees planted each year.