Our process of continuous sustainable development has a strong focus on resource management - utilising resources such as water, energy and raw materials more efficiently.
At Lagan Cement we take pride in the high standard best practises we achieve in environmental resource stewardship.
Lagan Cement is accredited to BES 6001 ‘Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products’ and has been awarded a “Very Good” rating in recognition of our resource management operating system.
What is BES 6001?
The BES 6001 ‘Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products’ is a framework standard where construction products are assessed in terms of their social, environmental and economic impacts. It is used to manage the impacts of the product from the sources of its raw materials, through its manufacture and delivery and ultimately its use, reuse or final disposal
Apart from our greener energy programme, which maximises the replacement of imported fossil fuels with local renewable energy sources, we are also focused on replacement of our ‘finite’ raw materials with alternative renewable materials. These include alternative gypsum and alternative alumina and ferrous sources.
In addition, significant volumes of overburden containing silica, alumina and calcium carbonate is recovered as part of our quarry development plan and utilised as a component in the Raw Mix. This replaces a portion of virgin raw materials, essentially reducing the carbon footprint of our overall quarrying process.
To minimise waste, Lagan Cement has developed a detailed waste management strategy. The main aim of the strategy is to change from a practice of disposal to a practice of waste recycling through segregation, reuse and ideally prevention, in accordance with the recognised hierarchy for best waste management practice.
Lagan Cement waste management infrastructure is divided into three streams:
1. Packaging Waste (placed on market)
Consists of three main types: pallets, paper sacks and shrink wrap all of which comes from bagged cement product sold from the site. As a responsible supplier of packaging waste into the market place, Lagan Cement is a fully compliant member of Repak, the packaging recycling organisation.
2. Packaging Waste (received)
The majority of packaging generated on site comes through the stores department, consisting primarily of cardboard boxes and pallets. All the cardboard is recycled and pallets either recycled or reused within the stores department warehouse.
3. Non-Packaging Waste
All waste apart from packaging waste generated at the Lagan Cement site consists of engine oil, grease, filters, batteries, fluorescent tubing, printer cartridges, and general waste. All of the above have dedicated segregation, recycling, reuse and disposal routes, which are all appropriately accredited to handle these specific waste streams.
In 2015, the company targeted to reduce the quantity of waste produced per employee by 1% based on 2014 waste production levels. Due to construction work that occured onsite in 2015, this target was not achieved. Going forward into 2016, with construction works ongoing, waste management targets are being revised in line with the current waste policy direction in Ireland. Lagan Cement are targeting increased rates of segregation of waste onsite and a 1% lower proportion of waste consigned to landfill from 2015 levels. This will be reported on in quarter 1, 2017.
The majority of water utilised at Lagan Cement is recovered from the limestone quarry. This water consists of rain water and groundwater ingress. In addition, an on-site groundwater well is also utilised as a water source. Therefore, the site has zero usage of mains water. Consequently for Lagan, groundwater availability and quality is of paramount importance.
Water Management Objective:
Conservation of water and the minimisation of discharge to local river.
Water Management Targets:
1. Monthly or annual quantification of water usage and volume of water emitted to local river.
2. Annual inspection of all manhole pipe connections to be conducted to prevent unnecessary water loss.
3. Measurement of groundwater wells both on and off site to determine potential impact of quarry dewatering, for routine presentation to local council officials.
Lagan Cement utilises ‘state of the art’ manufacturing equipment which insures that energy efficiencies are achieved through the best available technology.
Sustainable energy management, both thermal and electrical, is an on-going process of improvement for the company.
The consumption of electrical energy on-site is continuously metered for all parts of the process operations. This information is carefully monitored for in-house bench marking and to identify energy savings.
In addition, extensive training of key personnel and innovation initiatives has helped in the reduction of energy costs and has led to improved plant reliability.
We are committed to minimising the environmental and social impacts of transport for the manufacture of cement. To achieve this, we maximise the usage of on-site raw materials. In addition we substitute finite materials for indigenous ‘greener’ alternatives, thus lowering the environmental impact on natural resources. This strategy is accomplished without compromising the strict quality requirements which are in place for all of our products
The movement of raw materials around the manufacturing site is managed responsibly and the principals of our Good Neighbours Policy are also implemented to minimise in particular any potential dust or noise nuisance to the local community.
Lagan Cement has implemented strict requirements for hauliers in relation to vehicle maintenance and compliance with road traffic regulations. Our Good Neighbour Policy also directs that the use of particular haulage routes are avoided to eliminate any potential disturbance to our local neighbours.