Meeting Demands of the Sector's Green Agenda; by Dr Miles Watkins, Director of Group Environmental and Corporate Social Responsibility for Aggregate Industries
Byline: By Dr Miles Watkins
Each year the UK construction industry uses almost 280 million tonnes of aggregates as raw construction material. A quarter of this - some 70 million tonnes - is produced from recycled and secondary resources, and attention is increasingly being directed at further promoting their use as sustainable, cost-effective and practical substitutes.
With major infrastructure projects like the 2012 Olympic Games recognising the value and importance of these more sustainable aggregates, there has never been so much focus on the sustainable credentials of a company and the desire to work with like-minded manufacturers and suppliers.
Aggregate Industries is one of the most environmentally conscious suppliers of construction and building materials, and is heavily committed to sustainability, having consistently developed and promoted the business as one that sees sustainability as core to its success over the last decade.
With more than 6,000 people at 450 sites across the UK, sustainability has long been at the core of our business operations, but we look to update and improve what we do on a continual basis.
As a member of Business in the Community we take part in the annual Corporate Responsibility Index which benchmarks our processes and performance against other leading companies. In 2006, we were again listed in the top 100, and a key driver of our future development is the expanding arena of sustainable construction.
Since 2004, we have sponsored the Civic Trust's Sustainability Award, which recognises and rewards projects, which have set exemplary standards in sustainable design while at the same time benefiting communities through their contribution to the quality and appearance of the local environment.
In 2006, we became a founder member of the UK Green Building Council, a major voice in the growing international green building movement. …