The awards, co-ordinated by leading environmental publisher edie.net and held in London on Wednesday February 6, are the UK’s largest and most prestigious sustainability awards, recognising excellence across the spectrum of green business.
As the UK’s leading brick manufacturer, Ibstock Brick is at forefront of responsible manufacturing. With a concise strategy it has a sustained and focused approach, investing in energy efficient plant, clean technologies and performance improvements. For example, it invested significantly in Eclipse, the UK’s most efficient brickworks at its headquarters in the heart of Leicestershire, which was officially opened by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, last summer.
The company’s unique People First approach will have set it apart from other shortlisted businesses: this strategy identifies people as major energy users, as opposed to machinery and processes. Ibstock Brick believe this is at the heart of its sustainability journey and successes to date.
The judges said: “Ibstock received praise from the judges for its recognition that all of its people are essential change-makers when it comes to delivering sustained improvements in energy efficiency, and the great results the company has seen over the past year are testament to that.”
Michael McGowan, Ibstock plc’s Group Sustainability Manager, was also a finalist in the Energy Management Leader of the Year category.
Joe Hudson, Chief Executive Officer of Ibstock plc, commented: “I am delighted that Ibstock Brick’s commitment to more energy efficient methods of manufacturing have been recognised at these prestigious sustainability awards.
“But above all, the participation of our employees is fundamental to the success of our sustainability programme. By engaging and involving people across all functions we are able to draw on both vast experience and fresh ideas from newer employees. As a result, we find ourselves looking towards a promising future where our impact on the environment is not only minimised but positive.”