Lafarge Cement named 2009 Sustainability Champion

Lafarge Cement UK has been named as British Precast’s Sustainability Champion for the second year running.

Lafarge Cement named 2009 Sustainability Champion

The award recognises the associate member who has achieved the most by supporting and investing in the UK precast concrete industry’s sustainability programme over the last 12 months.

Lafarge Cement was commended for its achievements in reducing CO2 in the cement production process through its use of biomass alternative fuels and its industry leading Phoenix cement which uses fly ash, a by-product of the power industry.

The company’s investment in reducing water consumption, its successful partnerships with stakeholders and local communities and its exemplary safety skills training programme were also lauded by judges for demonstrating Lafarge’s dedication to sustainability at all levels of the business.

This follows Lafarge Cement’s success in winning the 2008 Sustainability Champion accolade for waste management, recycling and its sustainable supply chain initiatives.

Martin Clarke, Chief Executive of British Precast, said: “They ‘get’ sustainability and understand what our manufacturing members are trying to do. Lafarge Cement, along with the other UK producers, is playing a major role in the greening of concrete and is helping the precast sector to reduce its carbon footprint significantly.”

Erdogan Pekenc, Managing Director of Lafarge Cement UK, adds: “Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do – and is the key to the long-term health of the construction industry. We are proud to be leading the industry towards a more sustainable future and honoured to receive this recognition. 2010 will see us take sustainable business to a new level as we strive to meet new goals and we hope to inspire others in the industry to do the same.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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