Wienerberger UK achieves environmental accreditation
Wienerberger’s 14 UK manufacturing plants have achieved the international ISO 14001 standard for Environmental Management. The standard sets out how companies should achieve an effective environmental management system while maintaining profitability. It covers the full manufacturing process – from quarrying of the clay to packaging and transport of the final product.
‘This is not [the result of] a recent initiative but is the culmination of a process started 12 years ago when the Denton site [near Manchester] became the first brick factory in the world to be certified,’ says Wienerberger’s Technical Director, John Sanford. ‘Now, in 2008, the overarching theme is sustainability and [there is] the need to demonstrate that our manfuacturing activities meet the requirements of [this] agenda.’
The company’s Rudgwick factory uses 100% recycled water collected in the quarry and adds around 20% of waste materials into its bricks, notes Sanford. ‘The Smeed Dean site in Sittingbourne has a similar record of sustainability, which has been developed since 1845.’
The ISO 14001 auditors also assessed the UK plants on waste management, energy usage, emissions to air, water and land, product design and packaging, workforce competence and training, and their relationship with the local communities.