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MQP achieve Carbon Trust Standard

MIDLAND Quarry Products (MQP) have been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard in recognition of their efforts to measure, manage and reduce their carbon emissions.

MQP say the achievement reinforces the company’s policy commitment to put sustainable solutions at the heart of all their business decisions.

The standard has been achieved by all MQP operations, which includes two quarries, six asphalt plants and the company’s head office in Leicestershire.

MQP say they strive to develop new products and facilities to continuously reduce energy usage and hence the carbon footprint of the business and those of its customers. One of the most important breakthroughs has been the development of low-energy asphalt, which has successfully been supplied on to the network with significant carbon savings.

The company also uses Smart half-hour metering and custom-built software to monitor and track fuel, gas, water and electricity and produce data on all energy usage. This ensures traceability and evidence of supply and usage across all company operations. 

In addition, appointed energy champions are tasked with channeling the ideas of the workforce into real solutions to reduce energy.

Many ideas have already been put in place, such as carbon-reducing asphalt burner ignition systems and the replacement of heavy plant at Cliffe Hill (dumpers and shovels) with energy-efficient machines, with all operators having attended eco-driver training to learn about engine-management systems and auto tyre pressure monitoring. 

All units within the company are set targets and objectives to reduce year-on-year energy consumption, which is targeted through unit, departmental and individual KPIs.

Managing director Simon Willis said: ‘I’m proud of the hard work and effort put in by all employees to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard, and I’m sure that working together we will continue to achieve further improvements and reductions in energy use.’

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