Sustainability and Welsh Slate

Welsh Slate fully recognise the potential impact of its quarrying and manufacturing activities and protecting the environment is central to our operations.

We are totally committed to conducting our business in an environmentally responsible manner and continuously strive to minimise the potential impacts of our activities, maximising the environmental benefits and promoting sustainable development within our operations. We recognise our social responsibility obligations in our various roles, which include producer, investor, employer and consumer.

We are committed to ensuring that our business is conducted in all respects according to rigorous ethical, professional and legal standards.

 

Welsh Slate is specifically resolved to:

 

  • Utilising every tonne of slate for its optimum performance and value.
  • Continually improving performance in all aspects of its environmental impact through the elimination of pollution at source.
  • Reducing energy consumption and the production of CO2 emissions year on year through the adoption of better techniques and new technologies.
  • Achieving operational excellence.
  • Minimising waste; recycling where necessary and re-using where possible all materials at the highest point in the value chain.
  • Complying with relevant legislation, codes of practice, industrial standards and other requirements.
  • Maintaining environmental management systems certified to ISO 14001:2015.
  • Sympathetic restoration and reinstatement of its sites through the use of natural materials and indigenous species to maintain and enhance where possible the character of each location.
  • Providing resources and training to manage impacts effectively.
  • An ongoing critical review of its policies and procedures to address current best practices.
  • Monitoring and measuring potential environmental impact through the use of real time air quality monitoring equipment powered by renewable energy.

 

 

Welsh Slate are committed to:

  • Maintaining accredited ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems across all our sites which are central to our approach in ensuring compliance with legal & other requirements and the Effective Management of Environmental Risks.
  • Driving continuous improvement in relation to environmental performance adopting the use of new technologies, best practice, better techniques, more efficient processes, monitoring and measurement processes and setting of Objectives, Target’s and KPI’s.
  • Continuous review of its Policies, Procedures and other arrangements to verify their effectiveness and if identified implement potential improvement.
  • Effectively manage energy consumption with the aim of reducing and minimising CO² emissions.
  • Utilise every tonne of slate for its optimum performance and value, minimising operational process waste re-using and re-cycling where possible whilst also continuously seeking alternative uses for it within other products and industries.
  • Minimise waste generation, in particular waste for disposal at Landfill whilst maximising re-cycling opportunities of waste produced.
  • Sympathetic restoration and reinstatement of its sites through the use of natural materials and indigenous species to maintain and enhance where possible the character of each location.
  • Ensuring the provision of all the resources required are provided, engaging with stakeholders and in particular the local community to ensure a collaborative approach is adopted where possible to achieve the above.

Sustainability and Breedon Group

We strongly believe that recirculating our spend into the local economy and local businesses ensures we receive excellent customer service, thereby keeping our sites fully operational.

Our policies and codes of conduct encourage the highest standards in areas such as the environment, health and safety, and equal opportunities, both for our staff and those with whom they may come into contact.

We aim to reduce any impact of our operations and especially encourage a positive approach to people's health and safety and care for the environment (our policies in these areas are an integral part of our business activities). For example, we continue to improve our safety performance year-on-year; we have increased the number of sites with environmental, safety and quality certification; and we have continued to focus on actively engaging communities through local liaison and support for local events, community groups and sports teams.

We aim to manage our people openly, honestly and fairly and to be a responsible employer, adopting values and standards designed to help guide our staff in their conduct and business relationships. We are committed to having a fully trained and competent workforce and actively promote vocational training for our employees.

In 2018 Breedon became an active member of the Global Cement & Concrete Association, which aims to drive industry leadership in the manufacture and use of cement and concrete, improve the social and environmental impact of the sector’s activities and products and foster innovation and collaboration with industry associations and innovators along the length of the built-environment value chain.

In 2019 we made a strong commitment to the five pillars of sustainability contained in the GCCA’s Sustainability Charter and its associated guidelines:

  • Health and Safety
  • Climate Change and Energy
  • Social Responsibility
  • Environment and Nature
  • The Circular Economy

 

Breedon has until 2023 to ensure that these are fully embedded across all our business lines, that our KPI reporting is harmonised with others in our sector and that we report all relevant performance data.

In many cases we will be complying with other statutory reporting requirements, some of which are more onerous than those of the GCCA, but we will always comply with the GCCA’s guidelines as a minimum and in general will seek to go well beyond them.

 

 

 

Sales Office
Penrhyn Quarry
Bethesda
Bangor
Gwynedd
LL57 4YG

+44 (0) 1248 600656
enquiries@welshslate.com