Imerys Commitment to the Environment

 

June marked World Environment Day 2019, with this year’s theme being “Air Pollution”.  Of course, we can’t stop breathing the air around us, but we can do something about the quality of air that we breathe, be it at home or at work.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 4.2 million people die prematurely each year as a result of exposure to ambient air pollution and that 91% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality exceeds WHO guidelines.

In the UK, Imerys operations undeniably generate air pollution. We have permits which allow us to release emissions (mainly particulates) into the air. However, we need to minimise our emissions; and this is one reason why we undertake periodic inspections to make sure that our control equipment is working correctly and helping where possible to minimise our impact.

Our vehicles generate exhaust particulates and dust from roadways. This is why we clean roadways, damp our pit roads down when it is dry and have our vehicles regularly serviced.

Imerys has taken positive steps to help support cleaner energies where possible and reduce our footprint. We have solar panels on our UK sites to help generate clean energy, a state-of-the-art clay drying facility and associated heat, power and effluent-treatment plants at our Rocks Tube Press also helps reduce our impact, and a global Imerys initiative – SustainAgility – which aims take Imerys beyond corporate compliance and progress toward sustainable business transformation.

We are also supporting our local community, by developing a Garden Village  in Cornwall, UK- an entire housing development focused on using sustainable materials, building techniques and resources, creating a community with a smaller carbon footprint  – all whilst retaining a large proportion of natural flora and fauna.

Recently, the UK also received its ISO 4001 accreditation, which means our operations work as effectively as they can to reduce our environmental impact. In fact, some of the key criteria for the accreditation include:

  • Increased prominence of environmental management within the organization’s strategic planning processes
  • Addition of proactive initiatives to protect the environment from harm and degradation, such as sustainable resource use and climate change mitigation
  • Improving environmental performance added
  • Lifecycle thinking when considering environmental aspects
  • Addition of a communications strategy

To learn more about our CSR, visit here

Ban on single use plastic spells change for packaging industry

Collection of plastic food packaging containers

In October 2018, the European Parliament voted in favour of a blanket ban on single-use plastics, including packaging.

The move was in a bid to tackle the problem that is causing significant damage to oceans.

The bill, which was introduced by the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Frederique Ries, was passed by 571-53 votes.

The introduction and the passage of the bill come after the European Commission proposed a ban in May. In early October, the UK Government launched a consultation on banning the distribution and sale of plastic straws, drinks stirrers and cotton buds.

So what does this mean for suppliers?

Multinational giants from the consumer goods industry have pledged to ensure all plastic packaging be either recyclable or compostable by 2025 through plastic reduction strategies.

Subsequently, packaging suppliers will have to develop sustainable and functional remedies to the packaging solutions that previously utilised plastics. The difficulty will be in finding alternative solutions which mimic the durability properties of plastic in an environmentally supportive way.

Imerys Kaolin has long been an expert in the production of kaolin solutions for compostable packaging. Our products offer barrier solutions to paper and card which protect against oil and grease, moisture vapour and mineral oil, improving the mechanical properties of paper and card packaging. We are able to offer a customised, cost-effective, environmentally sustainable and optimum solution for barrier coating to meet specific performance requirements.

To find out more about Imerys Kaolin’s barrier solutions, visit our applications pages, or contact us to speak to an expert to find out more.

 

Did you know that Imerys can help you with your hydroseeding needs?

With over 30 years of experience working in this sector working with bespoke equipment to meet the needs of our customers. Hydroseeding enables the use of a variety of seed mixtures to suit the vegetation required such as grassland, pasture, heathland or wild flowers, with fertilisers to suit the ground conditions. IMERYS’ bespoke equipment allows the ability to jet large areas with monitor or utilise hoses to seed areas such as road embankments, verges and car parks. For more information contact: steve.dunstan@imerys.com

 

 

Published on: Oct 18, 2017

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