Water and climate change
Environmental Product Declarations
Similar to carbon, there is an increasing appetite for water footprinting. When considering this approach, care must be taken when considering the different types of water and the scarcity of water in the region the product is made. We are considering this as part of our product lifecycle assessment.
One of the potential consequences of climate change is increasingly heavy rainfall.
In 2012, The Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) found that if no further action is taken to address climate change, the annual flood damage bill to buildings could rise to £12bn by the 2080s, compared to the current costs of £1.2bn.
With the threat of flooding, we have to be aware that our sites cover large catchment areas and there is an increasing risk of breaking permitted discharge consent limits, particularly for suspended solids. We have introduced a site flood risk assessment to help identify sites and measures that could assist in reducing the risk from flooding at site and where our activities might impact downstream.
Heavy rainfall also causes problems with flooding in urban and rurual areas. Recognising this Aggregate Industries' Sustainable Drainage Solution (SUDS) has evolved. SUDS can play a key part in managing storm water run off.