Ibstock Brick has been recognised for its strategic approach to sustainability at the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards 2018, with the company being Highly Commended in the Manufacturer of the Year category.
Ibstock Brick, part of Ibstock plc, is driving sustainability through investment across its business. As an example, its newly launched Eclipse Factory at its headquarters in Leicestershire is the UK’s most efficient brickworks. Located on an old landfill site and close to the principal raw materials source, the building meets BREEAM Industrial criteria, is clad in a highly breathable material to reduce the need for additional ventilation equipment and the whole building is extremely efficient in terms of energy consumption and resource efficiency.
Another key initiative has been its Horizon Scanning strategy, which allows the company to identify, prioritise and manage the risks involved in all of its activities. As a result of the company’s sustainability drive, there have been a number of significant improvements such as a reduction in carbon emissions, an increase in recycled water, and a reduction in waste volume.
Michael McGowan, Quality, Environmental and Energy Manager at Ibstock Brick, commented “We are delighted to have been recognised for our approach to sustainability, which is quite different to many organisations. Our strategy has allowed us to pilot key initiatives, set objectives and targets for the entire business leading to significant improvements in all areas with progress continually monitored through Key Performance Indicators. Our Sustainability Working Group will continue to develop initiatives that will drive progress in the manufacturing process and push forward future improvements.”
The BusinessGreen Leaders Awards shine a light on the UK’s leading green businesses and recognise the progress the business community has made, with the winners being judged rigorously by a panel of sustainability professionals and green economy leaders.
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