Midland Quarry Products managing director Simon Willis
MQP has recognised that in today’s world being a responsible low carbon producer is as important as being a reliable, efficient supplier.
Driving down the carbon emitted whilst producing building materials has to be one of the most important challenges for our industry. It is morally right and is increasingly becoming good business as the price of hydrocarbons, green taxes and customer interest continue to rise.
CRCs are effectively an additional tax on the cost of using hydrocarbons and their associated carbon emissions. On one hand it’s an unwelcome expenditure which can’t be passed onto our customers in a difficult market, on the other, penalising businesses through their bottom line is a very powerful way of driving the innovation and changes necessary to make a difference.
For MQP, this result shows we are in great shape to manage our carbon demonstrated by an 11 per cent reduction per tonne in emissions this year. It also reinforces our strategy to be the lowest carbon producer in the industry, and clearly shows the savings that can be achieved through hard work and good energy management.
Getting a 100 per cent score on the early action table was a reassurance that we are on track with our strategy to drive down carbon emissions and gives us the opportunity to promote our green credentials to our customers and their clients.
The early action table gives us a crude benchmark of how prepared we are compared to other companies and raises the profile of carbon management. The next challenge is to demonstrate continuous improvement.
However, suppliers’ driving down emissions from production is only part of the equation. For our industry to truly drive down our carbon the market needs to move quickly to embrace low carbon alternatives to the traditional products.
MQP has invested in developing low carbon asphalts and a carbon calculator for our customers to measure the carbon footprint of our products. Specifying these products is the next opportunity to make a step reduction in emissions.