We’re delighted to announe we have been shortlisted for the 2018 Business Green Leader Awards in recognition of its strategic approach to sustainability. As the UK’s leading brick manufacturer, we will go up against seven other businesses in the Manufacturer of the Year category.
We are committed to driving sustainability through investment across our business, for example, we have invested £54 million in the UK’s most efficient brickworks at at our headquarters in the heart of Leicestershire. 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 our Horizon Scanning strategy, which allows the company to identify, prioritise and manage the risks involved in all of our activities.
Progress has been monitored though Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and our sustainability drive has led to 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: “Ibstock Brick is no ordinary manufacturing business. Our approach to sustainability has been quite different, and the way we achieved ISO50001 highlights this. By creating an ‘Energy Centre of Excellence’ at one of our factories it allowed us to develop our strategy, pilot key initiatives and set objectives and targets for the entire business. We also identified people as the energy users, as opposed to machinery and processes. This formed the backbone of our People First approach which is now at the heart of the success of our sustainability journey. Our Sustainability Working Group is key to developing actions that drive improvement in the manufacturing process and will continue to push forward our future improvements.”
The BusinessGreen Leader Awards shine a light on the UK’s leading green businesses and recognise the progress the business community has made in recent years, with entries judged rigorously by a panel of sustainability professionals and green economy leaders. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Wednesday June 27 in London.