Development of a solar farm at Ketton cement works in Rutland is just one of the major initiatives highlighted in Hanson UK’s 2014 performance and sustainability report.
The report covers five over-arching themes for the calendar year 2013 – people; carbon; water and biodiversity; waste and raw materials and systems – and sets out the company’s 2020 targets for each of these areas.
Investment in the eight megawatt solar farm at Ketton is part of Hanson’s action plan to increase the use of renewable energy to achieve its
2020 goal of cutting carbon emissions by 10 per cent per tonne of product . Built on 55 acres adjacent to the limestone quarry which supplies raw material to the cement works, the 38,500 solar modules will generate around 10 per cent of the plant’s annual electricity consumption. A similar installation is being planned for Chipping Sodbury quarry in South Gloucestershire.
The report also details how waste to landfill has been cut by over 35.5 per cent in the year – equivalent to over 4,000 tonnes. The consolidation of waste disposal contracts, introduction of enhanced recycling systems and increased use of cement bypass dust as an agricultural land improver, have all contributed to this significant step towards Hanson’s 2020 target of reducing non-process waste to landfill by 85 per cent.
Paul Lacey, head of sustainability, said: “We still have a lot of work to do to achieve our 2020 targets, particularly those relating to energy and CO2. Employee engagement and involvement is critical and we will continue to promote the principles of working sustainably and embed them into everything we do.”
The report is available to view online at: www.hanson.com/uk