2012 saw the anticipated slow recovery from recession begin to stall. Consequently we are forced to continue to operate our kilns and processes at sub-optimal efficiency levels to retain sufficient capacity for when the recession finally ends to avoid over-reliance on imports and to maintain a strong manufacturing base here in the UK.
Nonetheless we continue to strive for greater energy efficiency. A substantial investment in the Midlands began mid-year with the principal aim to significantly reduce primary energy and CO2 per tonne of product. This investment follows other substantial investments within Ibstock all with the same objective to produce the finest durable and low maintenance building materials with a reduced carbon footprint.
We wish to continue to invest in our facilities to increase our efficiency, use less energy and create even less waste than the very small quantities that currently arise. However, UK energy policy, which is a mixture of European measures transposed from Brussels and UK-only based measures such as the Climate Change Levy, together with proposals from the EU to directly interfere in the market to boost the price of CO2 presents us with an unclear and uncertain picture against which to plan future major investments.
We have signed up to participate in the next phase of the UK Climate Change Agreement (CCA) and have accepted the energy reduction targets associated with this. We also participate in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) which is designed to achieve a 21% reduction in CO2 emissions relative to 2008 by the end of 2020.
To view or download the full Ibstock Environmental Report 2012 click here.