Stephen Acheson, CEO, AG, and Rodney Davidson, Commercial Director, AG,
Paving and building products firm, AG, has reinforced its position as a market leader in sustainable construction by switching to bio LPG energy resulting in a carbon saving of 70% – equal to a person driving around the world three times.
The firm, which has manufacturing locations across Northern Ireland in Fivemiletown, Dungannon, Toome, Ballygawley and Carryduff, already has one of the lowest carbon footprints in the industry and is committed to reducing the environmental impact of its operations to an absolute minimum.
AG bio-LPG switch
The specialist building products business switched to bio-LPG from the industry-standard LPG leading to the huge carbon saving. AG CEO Stephen Acheson led the move with support from the firm’s net-zero carbon team, which was set up with the aim of reducing the company’s carbon footprint as part of an energy strategy developed with a commitment to producing low carbon products.
AG Sustainability initiatives
This is the latest in a series of sustainability initiatives created by AG, which include a long-standing dedication to producing a significant amount of their product range using recycled aggregates alongside locally quarried materials. The firm also plans to change to 100% renewable energy and is striving to have an entire hybrid/electric fleet by 2025.
As well as this, regular reviews of its systems and procedures ensure AG is constantly improving energy efficiency, which is monitored monthly in each facility, ranging from workshops with employees to the purchasing of equipment or goods with the lowest carbon footprint.
Rodney Davidson, Commercial Director, AG, said: “We define sustainability as an intrinsic balance between the social and economic aspects of our business. We have worked tirelessly to reduce our energy usage for many years, and we are delighted to switch to the more environmentally-friendly bio-LPG – edging us closer to our carbon-neutral goal.
“We have already made significant steps towards this goal, including the introduction of a curing system for our concrete products, which has significantly reduced energy consumption and water requirement on site. Added to this, the commissioning of our state-of-the-art aggregate washing plant reduces the huge energy requirement necessary for producing primary aggregate.”
Corporate social responsibility
Stephen Acheson added: “AG has a corporate social responsibility to be sustainable. We have adopted a long-term corporate philosophy that focuses on the broader message of lasting sustainable reductions in energy and water requirements.
“Every facility has a designated ‘Energy Champion’ whose job it is to check for any wastage of energy or water. We are constantly striving to improve energy efficiency and are delighted that this new switch enables us to make a massive carbon saving, lowering our carbon footprint even more.
“Each of our sites brings our corporate environmental philosophy to life, and our commitment to reducing the impact our sites have on our neighbours and surrounding environment is evidenced by the rich biodiversity found around our sites – such as the peregrine falcons currently nesting in our Fivemiletown quarry,” Stephen Acheson concludes.