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Sustainability strides taken at Hanson UK

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World Cement,

Reductions in waste to landfill and mains water use are ahead of Hanson UK’s 2020 sustainability targets. Environmental training has been developed and widened.

Other highlights of the company’s sustainability report include the completion of a £15 million investment programme to minimise cement dust emissions and environmental complaints are at a five year low. The report, which covers the 2018 calendar year, also recommends areas for improvement, including the quest for zero harm, energy consumption, and carbon emissions.

The company is also working with three universities – Reading, Cambridge, and Swansea – on carbon reduction projects for its cement and Regen ground granulated blastfurnace slag plants, which have the potential to save over 50 000 tpy of carbon, as well as investigating other collaborative research projects to reduce its carbon footprint.

Over the last 12 months the company has been discussing and developing a sustainability strategy that will guide it through the next decade. Following a series of formal consultations involving the leadership team, employees, customers, and sector associations, the company is refining the indicators, objectives, and targets that will provide it with a firm base on which to build the future of the business.

The sustainability report is published annually and is built around six topics, which underpin the company’s performance indicators and targets. These are the following: enabling sustainable construction, people and communities, carbon and energy, waste and raw materials, water and biodiversity, and quality processes and systems.

“Sustainability is about more than reducing emissions and protecting the environment,” said Simon Willis, CEO of Hanson UK. “It is about working efficiently, making a profit, and investing in value-creating projects to grow the business; and it is also about people-related issues, such as health, safety and well-being, succession planning, diversity, and supporting the communities in which we operate.

“We are working hard to ensure our employees are fully engaged, properly trained, and empowered to drive ongoing improvements. Our One Team philosophy is underpinned by a set of values and aspirations deigned to make our people feel connected, involved, and valued. This will allow us to deliver an improved service to our customers and strengthen the sustainability of the business.”

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