Building Adhesives Ltd (BAL) and ARDEX UK, part of the global ARDEX Group – specialist manufacturers of construction materials for the tiling, flooring, and general construction trade – have both achieved ISO 14064:1 (otherwise known as CEMARS) for the quantifying and reporting of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and removals.
Building Adhesives and ARDEX UK are the first companies in the ARDEX Group to achieve this standard and are believed to be the first companies in the tiling and flooring sectors to be reporting their GHG emissions through this internationally recognised standard. This standard will assist both companies by providing accurate data to help assess the impact of their efforts to deliver ambitious carbon-neutral plans by 2030 (scope 1 and 2).
To achieve this internationally recognised standard, BAL and ARDEX UK worked with Achilles (an independent consultancy) to accurately measure their GHG emissions and create positive strategies to manage and continually reduce impacts.
Achilles’ Carbon Reduce (powered by Toitū) scheme highlights the necessary data required which is then measured, monitored and calculated under the ISO 14064:1 scheme. Following successful completion and assessment, executive reports are then produced for independent verification. Solutions to manage and reduce GHG emissions at source are then provided, with external impartial auditors authorised to verify GHG inventories in accordance with the standard’s requirements.
David Shepherd, UK Operations Director and Corporate Lead on Supply Chain & Operations, says that achieving ISO 14064:1 certification puts both companies on the path to carbon-neutral status by 2030 (scope 1 and 2):
“Against the backdrop of COP26 in Glasgow, we all know the consequences on the planet of failing to reduce our carbon emissions.
“Every company in every sector of industry has a responsibility to reduce emissions with a goal of being carbon neutral. However, before you can act, you must be able to understand those emissions.
“Measuring GHG emissions under ISO 14064:1 including company vehicles, business travel, fuel and electricity, water and waste, helps us accurately identify areas of the business where we can reduce our emissions.”
Even before achieving ISO 14064:1, BAL and ARDEX UK put in place several measures to reduce their carbon footprint including:
- Converting diesel forklifts to electric
- Partnering with a 100% renewable energy provider
- Replacement of energy-inefficient lighting with more efficient LED systems
- Promoting the use of electric company vehicles and installation of EV charging points
- Reducing the use of “virgin” plastics
- Increasing the use of recycled raw materials