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Quarry firms awarded Carbon Trust Standard

BUILDING materials suppliers CEMEX and Lafarge have both been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard for measuring and reducing CO2 emission across their operations and sites. The Carbon Trust Standard is the world’s first carbon award that requires organizations to measure, manage and reduce their carbon footprint.

Lafarge introduced a number of initiatives, which included: encouraging people to turn off lights and equipment; installing electricity meters to monitor and control usage; and shortening some haulage routes from the quarry face to the processing plants. Thanks to such carbon management measures and independent verification methods, the company reduced its carbon emissions by over 24% in the past three years.

Likewise, CEMEX cut their carbon emissions by over 36% between January 2007 and December 2009. One of the key factors in reducing the company’s CO2 emissions is the use of alternative fuels to part-replace fossil fuels in the cement production process. A further contributor is the use of by-products from other industries, such as fly ash from the energy sector.

CEMEX also utilized their own software – ‘Environmental Footprint Tracker’ – to record and measure CO2 emissions and other energy usage to benchmark best practice and set reduction targets.  

Andy Spencer, sustainability director for CEMEX UK, commented: ‘We are delighted to have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard. It is a highly respected standard and is an effective way of demonstrating and communicating to our customers, suppliers and shareholders that we have and will continue to take action on climate change.’

Commenting on receiving the Carbon Trust Standard certificate, Miles Dobson, head of manufacturing for Lafarge Aggregates & Concrete UK, said: ‘It demonstrates the hard work and efforts of all employees in managing and reducing our energy consumption and supports our commitment to sustainability.’


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