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Hanson 2021 Sustainability Report released

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Company makes progress on sustainability commitments in 2020 despite Covid challenges

HANSON’s 2021 sustainability report highlights the company’s 2030 commitments and the progress made during the 2020 calendar year, despite the unprecedented challenges brought about by COVID-19.

The annual report is built around six topics: business and product innovation; health, safety and well-being; environmental responsibility; resource use and the circular economy; being a good neighbour; and fairness, inclusion and respect.

Highlights include:

  • Alternative fuel use within Hanson cement plants increased to 56%
  • Abstracted water use down 15.4%
  • Lost-time injuries down 10%
  • Now have 135 mental health first aiders
  • 38% of car fleet is now hybrid or fully electric (up from 29% in 2019)
  • 100% of quarry sites have a biodiversity management plan (BMP)
  • Launch of Network of Women in the UK.

The report also demonstrates Hanson’s pledge to reach net-zero carbon by 2050 through their involvement in several industry-leading carbon-reduction projects, including working on carbon capture and storage at their Padeswood cement works and a net-zero-carbon fuel mix at their Ribblesdale works.

Chief executive officer Simon Willis said: ‘I am extremely proud of the way we have adapted and performed to make the progress we have towards our sustainability ambitions during an extremely challenging year.

‘We took additional steps to make our sites and workplaces safe while continuing to supply essential materials to keep roads, rail, and infrastructure maintained and operational.

‘We are in our business for the long term, which is why we take our responsibility for sustainability so seriously, and we are continuing to make strides in key areas.’

The latest report also shows that some 2030 sustainability commitments have already been achieved, including a reduction in Scope 2 emissions which are down 97.3% from 4.95kg CO2/tonne in 2016 to 0.13kg CO2/tonne in 2020.

Mr Willis added: ‘Our long-term success depends on sustainable business practices, and the UK executive team has given its full backing to ensure the 2030 commitments are achieved.’

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