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Sustainable strategy reaps the rewards

Last summer, the UK concrete industry set out its sustainable construction strategy, which was subsequently signed up to by all major manufacturers and suppliers. By Miles Watkins

This led to the Concrete Industry Sustainability Performance Report being published earlier this year – a compendium of fact and figures about the sector – taking the lid off the mystery of the sector’s sustainability performance once and for all. 

We now know that 62 per cent of the sector’s sites in the UK supplying the raw materials that make up concrete have a certified environmental management system. Also that the CO2 emissions figure per tonne production for all raw materials and both principle manufacturing sectors is 182 kg / tonne – which sits neatly along side an average delivery distance of 78 km. The report has 12 other indicators ranging from materials efficiency to water, site stewardship to health and safety. Such transparency shows a high level of long term commitment to sustainability even during this time of recession.

And the new BES6001 Framework Standard for the Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products from BRE Global brings a whole new world of sense and transparency to the hazardous game of supplier selection. This will without doubt see those who have a track record of investment and commitment reap the rewards.

Dr Miles Watkins is director of sustainable construction at Aggregate Industries