Carbon Trust Standard success for Lafarge A&C
LAFARGE Aggregates & Concrete UK have been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard after taking action on climate change by measuring and reducing their carbon emissions by over 24%.
The company achieved the Carbon Trust Standard, the world’s first carbon award that requires an organization to measure, manage and reduce its carbon emissions and actually make real reductions year-on-year, following three years of carbon-management initiatives and independent verification.
The Standard certification was awarded to all of the company’s UK operations and subsidiaries, including 35 quarries, 98 ready-mixed concrete plants, 17 asphalt plants, nine depots and head office at Granite House, Syston.
Carbon-reduction initiatives ranged from simply encouraging people to turn off lights and equipment to installing electricity meters with half hourly monitoring so usage could be tracked and controlled.
Implementing the initiatives has already cut the company’s energy bill by £250,000 and the aim is to continue to reduce energy consumption by 10–15% by 2012.
Helen Atkins, CRC and energy performance adviser for Lafarge A&C UK, said: ‘It has been a mammoth undertaking and involved a lot of hard work and effort, especially from the guys on the ground. I am really proud of all the team and of the way people have got on board. Raising awareness and encouraging different behaviours have been key to this success.’
Miles Dobson, head of manufacturing for Lafarge A&C UK, added: ‘We very proud to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard certificate. It demonstrates the hard work and efforts of all employees in managing and reducing our energy consumption and supports Lafarge’s commitment to its sustainability ambitions.’
The Carbon Trust Standard is seen as an important part of Lafarge’s pledge to operate in the most environmentally sustainable way possible and to continually seek to reduce the company’s energy consumption.