Sustainability Award - 2017 Shortlist!

The below entries have been shortlisted in our Best Practice Sustainability Award! The winner will be announced at our Annual Dinner on 29th June.

Cemex UK - Waste Minimisation at Washwood Heath Rail Solutions

Whilst reviewing the site for ISO 14001 certification, employees at CEMEX Washwood Heath factory identified an opportunity: instead of sending concrete waste and non-compliant sleeper production to low value recycling, the units were used to build barriers to protect walkways and segregate mobile plant and lorry movement within the factory. The measure eliminated the need to buy plastic barriers and fencing, leading to savings reaching up to £17K.

Creagh Concrete - Brackagh Quarrywind Farm

Three wind turbines and a control building were installed at Creagh Concrete’s Brackagh quarry site which supplies its precast works. The turbines replaced two diesel boilers, leading to significant energy savings reaching up to 2000MWh p.a. and 540 tonnes of CO2 emissions per annum. The project also employed green value engineering leading to further reduction in material use in construction works and up to 22 tonnes of CO2 emission savings during construction. 

Forterra Building Products - Whittlesey Plant Continual Energy Improvement

Forterra’s Whittlesey factory has been introducing measures to improve efficiency and reduce energy consumption over a number of years. In 2016 the management team increased production by 12% while improving energy efficiency through a number of measures such as investing in new pallets, improved preventative maintenance programmes, loading shovel replacement, new burners, improved curing control systems and increased insulation. This series of relatively small improvements have led to a saving in 2016 of 9% compared in energy consumption to 2015 and almost 18% when compared to 2014 when the project started.

Forticrete - Leighton Buzzard Stockyard Development

In 2016 Forticrete started a major redevelopment of the roof tile making facility at Leighton Buzzard. The required doubling of the existing stockyard was implemented in the most sustainable manner possible. The project included flood protection measures and was undertaken at half-term, ensuring reduced disruption to community. A significant amount of the factory’s own waste and crushed concrete (over 5,000m3) from existing structures within the new area was used to provide the hardcore and blinding for the ground. Therefore saving cost and reducing carbon due to reduction of virgin aggregates use and transport.

Robeslee Concrete - Hydraulic Filter Press

Robeslee Concrete has tried a number of solutions to handle the problem of concrete sludge and waste water. After using builder bags to separate the water from the filter cake, Robeslee decided to install a hydraulic filter press which came fitted inside a container which was fixed at the top of another container with skips to collect the pressed cake falling from the upper container. Savings from the system and reduced labour is expected to £26,000 per annum.