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Builders merchant undergoes green audit

East Anglian builders merchant Kent Blaxill has had its green credentials examined by local school pupils.

Builders merchant undergoes green audit

While the world’s leaders were meeting in Copenhagen over measures to halt climate change, pupils from Colchester Grammar School visited Kent Blaxill give the merchant a green audit.

The group of 30 youngsters were conducting a project on the environment, manufacturing and consumption.

The 11 and 12 years olds were kitted out in high-visibility jackets and taken on tours of the company by the company’s Chris Barton, development manager, and Monica Hartley, before quizzing Laura Downing on how the company is trying to become more eco-friendly.

“They came armed with a lot of questions,” Downing said. “We have reviewed some of the issues raised and as a result have added some more recycling bins.”

Kent Blaxill has also signed the 10:10 pledge to make a 10% cut in its carbon footprint by 2010.

“We have had the Carbon Trust in to do a survey for us,” said Barton. “We will be overhauling our lighting and electrical loads in the short term, but it will be an ongoing programme with gas usage and fossil fuels being reviewed over the next few years.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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