Green firms called on to share best practice

11th September 2012


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The Environment Agency is urging organisations to share how they are working to lower their environmental impacts as part of a month-long campaign on the benefits of going green

In the run up to publishing its Greener business report, the regulator has launched an initiative highlighting the efforts of UK firms to cut waste, reduce water use, improve energy efficiency and lower carbon emissions, despite the tough economic environment.

The agency praises organisations for recognising both the environmental and financial value of sustainability.

“The shift in business attitudes towards green growth is remarkable and very welcome,” said Chris Smith, chair of the agency in launching the initiative. “By seizing opportunities to reduce their burden on the natural environment and develop the products and services needed to adjust to climate change and environmental challenges, these organisations are setting an outstanding example.”

Cement maker Lafarge and pharmaceuticals manufacturer Shason Pharma Solutions are among the firms nominated by agency inspectors for their environmental efforts to be showcased on the regulator’s website.

The online case studies describe how Lafarge reduced carbon emissions at its Cauldon cement works in Staffordshire, by replacing 50% of the fossil fuels it was using with waste-derived fuels, and how Shasun Pharma Solutions overhauled its waste processes, enabling it to divert 95% of its waste from landfill and save £1 million in costs.

“Focusing on waste efficiency throughout our business has convinced the Shasun management team that sustainable operations make good business sense,” confirmed David Hodgson, director of regulatory compliance at Shasun Pharma Solutions.

“All employees now know and understand the individual contribution they can make in reducing environmental impact and maximising business benefits.”

DECC, Defra, the Carbon Trust and Waterwise are among organisations participating in the agency’s green business campaign, which is focusing on a different environmental theme for each of the coming three weeks. The initiative starts by looking at waste management, before examining water management, alongside the announcement of the UK Water Efficiency awards, and finally, how organisations can improve energy efficiency.

For more information and to share your firm’s sustainability achievements visit the agency’s showcase online, which also includes top tips and links to discussions on Facebook and Twitter (#greenerbusiness).

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