Welcome to Clay Technology, the member magazine of the International Clay Technology Association.
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Dematerialisation is a complex process with a simple definition – it means lessening our reliance on physical resources,” shares Emily Landsborough of Ibstock. As she outlines the manufacturer’s efforts to reduce the amount of raw material it uses, it is clear that this project is symptomatic of efforts across the sector to reduce its environmental footprint.
Indeed, another leading UK brick manufacturer – Forterra – outlines developments at its new Desford site to improve efficiency and reduce single-use plastics.
This proactive approach is all the more significant in what are uncertain times. In our special report, industry insiders reveal the dichotomy of rising costs and inflation – and a forecast downturn in construction output – with the need for continued focus on sustainability.
Steven Godfrey FIMMM says, “The decarbonisation and circular economy agendas have to remain as the most important issues for the industry.”
Keith Aldis of the Brick Development Association notes that carbon use in clay brick production has reduced by about 8kg/m² since 2015 – a 25% reduction.
The UK Government needs to give the ceramics sector a level playing field to ensure its competitiveness and continued investment in green technology, urges Robert Flello of the British Ceramic Confederation.
We hope you enjoy this issue.