The UKs largest brickmaker, Ibstock has achieved an ISO 14001 accreditation as part of its system for environmental management. The accreditation is for the Ibstock-Kevington factory located in Sharpthrone, but now it means that all Ibstock’s UK production sites will hold this accreditation.
The Independent Organisation for Standardisation is a non-governmental independent membership organisation. The ISO is also the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards. Being awarded with the ISO 14001 means that a business works within the standard that was internationally agreed and focuses on requirements for an environmental management system. The requirements laid out for the standard makes sure that the business improves their environmental performance. This improvement can come from more efficient use of resources and a reduction of waste.
By giving Ibstock-Kevington site the ISO accreditation, and thereby giving all Ibstock sites the accreditation meaning that tis company is the first to be awarded the certificate since 2001. The achievement is testament to Ibstock’s hard work to improve the environmental impact of their business. Ibstock paces a great deal of importance on continuously improving the environmental impact of their business. The company continuously aims to reduce the impact of their company on the environment. The company intend on improving their systems in the long term in order to match up to their commitment to sustainability.
Ibstock plan on opening a new £54 million brickworks at their site in Leicestershire that the company hopes will provide strength to their sustainability plans. The site of the new brickworks is expected to have new energy efficiency plans and water and waste recovery systems that will set new sustainability standards for the company. Ibstock has won other awards for their sustainability, as it was awarded a rating of very good for responsible sourcing of materials. This certification for responsible sourcing was the BES 6001. Ibstock has also been accredited with the internationally recognised ISO 50001 as a result of the company’s work on energy management at all of its brickworks.