Investing in renewable energy
Reducing our carbon footprint is an important part of our commitment towards sustainable construction. One of the ways that we can do this is by generating 25% of the energy we need from renewable energy projects on our own land.
To deliver this reduction we are undertaking a range of wind projects on our sites across the UK. These will generate low carbon energy that can be used both at that site and at other sites operated by us.
As part of an energy intensive industry we want to lead the way in being environmentally responsible. Renewable energy is an important part of the shift to a low carbon economy, which will help mitigate the impacts of climate change.
To make renewable energy a reality in our business we are working with AGRenewables to conduct site investigations for the assessment of a series of wind turbines at locations across the UK. The investigations include a number of environmental and ecological studies into the biodiversity of the sites and a comprehensive programme of community consultation.
The energy we use – in context
In 2010, through producing and transporting our construction materials, Aggregate Industries used 1,089GW of energy – the equivalent amount of energy used by 232,000 average UK households per year*. This energy cost £58m and emitted 311,000 tonnes of CO2 – the equivalent to the annual CO2 emissions from around 100,000 cars*. By generating 25% of the energy we use from renewable sources we would prevent up to 77,000 tonnes of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere*.
The Government has set a target for the UK to achieve 15% of its energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020 and has instructed carbon intensive industry sectors, including construction, to reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions. Renewable energy will play an important role in helping us achieve this.
* using a carbon displacement figure of 430g CO2/kWh and average household electricity consumption of 4,700kWh per annum (source: Renewable UK website)