IG Masonry support claims 'carbon neutral' status
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As a group committed to reducing the environmental impact of all operations, other companies within Keystone are now taking the necessary steps to achieve carbon neutral status.
IG Masonry Support’s sustainability journey began in 2018. Year on year the company has implemented sustainability initiatives, including upgrading forklift trucks to electrically operated systems and having zero per cent waste sent to landfi ll. Earlier this year, carbon neutral certifi cation was awarded to the company’s BOSS A1 brick on soffit system product, a goal which formed one of the first steps in the company’s commitment to bringing innovative products to the marketplace in the most sustainable, carbon neutral way.
Speaking of IG Masonry Support’s latest achievement, IG Masonry Support managing director Andy Neal said: “We take our environmental responsibility seriously and are making the necessary changes within our business practices to become a net carbon zero company. I am proud that we have now achieved carbon neutral status and are the first masonry support manufacturer in the UK to reach this goal. It is testament to our team’s passion and commitment to operating a sustainable business and to delivering sustainable products and solutions to our marketplace.”
Amidst many initiatives implemented by IG Masonry Support, such as switching to a 100 per cent renewable energy tariff , the company is continuing to proactively reduce its carbon footprint alongside the SBTi (Science Based Targets Initiative) methodology. This methodology drives ambitious climate action in the private sector by enabling companies to set science-based emissions reduction targets.
For IG Masonry Support, identifying Scope one, two and three emissions provided clarity of the environmental impact across all operations and raised opportunities for carbon reductions.
As the company sees its emissions plummet following the SBTi, IG Masonry Support is on track to play its role in achieving the 1.5 degree Paris Agreement target.
Going forward, IG Masonry Support has pledged to continue to address all areas for improvement with a sustainably- focussed supply chain, helping to source its responsible future. IG Masonry Support pledges to develop products that provide environmentally significant solutions to its customers and end users, among other goals including a conversion to 100 per cent electric fleet by 2025.
It will also develop environmental product declarations (EPDs) for its product portfolio, providing transparent and comparable information about the life-cycle environmental impact of its products. Doing so will empower the business and its people to make and adhere to the changes that are needed to reduce impact on the environment