LafargeHolcim treated 10mn tonnes of waste in 2017, up 13%
Leading Swiss building materials firm LafargeHolcim has announced that it treated 10mn tonnes of waste in 2017 with its waste management business, an increase of 13% compared to 2016’s levels.
The $29bn revenue company was able to execute this using firms that are involved in cement production, treating a variety of waste including solvents, tires, oils, contaminated soils and other demolition waste.
“Sustainable building and living are key to the future and we are committed to playing an important role as the demand for sustainable construction solutions and sustainable buildings and infrastructure continues to grow,” said Jan Jenisch, Group Chief Executive Officer. “At LafargeHolcim we offer solutions which facilitate the simultaneous recycling and recovery of waste.”
LafargeHolcim saw significant growth in its waste management business in industrial waste across North America and Europe, whilst Africa saw an increase in biomass waste treatment and there was a rise in municipal solid waste in Asia.
In line with this, the company constructed three new major waste management facilities last year in Poland, Egypt and Morrocco, each of which aids the regional fight to reduce solid waste being placed into landfilled and the oceans.
“We have ambitious plans to continue investing in all parts of the world in order to bring the most advanced technology and solutions to our partners and play a role in solving the global waste problem,” Jenisch continued.
According to the company, the 10mn tonnes processed was equivalent to almost twice the annual household waste generation of Switzerland last year.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.