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Power out of thin air

British Gypsum have erected a trial mast to assess the viability of using wind power to supplement and replace traditional energy sources at its manufacturing plants in the UK.

Power out of thin air

The mast, erected at the company’s plaster plant at Barrow-on-Soar, in Leicestershire, will measure wind speed at various heights and provide other valuable data to enable environmental experts to build a complete wind profile for the site.

The Barrow site has been selected for the trial as it offers an optimum combination of location and wind profile for the 70-metre test mast, and will have minimal visual impact on the landscape.

British Gypsum currently uses traditional energy sources at its five manufacturing sites in the UK, and wind power is one of a range of options the company is investigating in order to meet the carbon dioxide reduction target of 60% by 2050, recommended in the recent Stern Report.

British Gypsum managing director, Mike Chaldecott, said “As a company, we fully support the Government’s environmental objectives, and recognise that the 60% target can not be achieved by using traditional energy efficiency measures alone. We’re actively investigating a range of alternative energy options that we anticipate will enable us to significantly reduce our reliance on fossil-fuel based sources.

“Reducing energy-based carbon dioxide emissions is a key element of our corporate sustainability policy. It is part of a raft of initiatives, including a shift towards rail-based delivery of finished products, reduction of plant generated waste and our recent £120million investment in environmentally efficient plants at East Leake and Sherburn-in-Elmet, that are helping us to deliver ever-more sustainable solutions for our customers.”

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