Ilkeston firm gets award for greenhouse emissions cuts

L-R: Achilles chief executive Jay Katzen, Saint-Gobain PAM environment manager Mark Hardy, award presenter Sir Alexander Lockwood Smith.
L-R: Achilles chief executive Jay Katzen, Saint-Gobain PAM environment manager Mark Hardy, award presenter Sir Alexander Lockwood Smith.

An Ilkeston manufacturing firm has been presented with an award for its industry-leading efforts to cut climate changing carbon emissions.

Saint-Gobain PAM UK was presented with a gold certification from the Carbon & Energy Management and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS) at a ceremony in London on Thursday, October 27.

The certificate recognises achievement for year-on-year emissions cuts by following a systematic programme.

Managing director Paul Minchin said: “We are hugely proud to be one of the few UK businesses to achieve the gold certification for CEMARS.

“The award is testament to the amount of work and commitment invested by various teams across our business over the last six years.”

In that time, Saint-Gobain PAM cut its carbon emissions by 13.31 per cent in absolute emissions, which equates to 4107 tonnes.

The industrial ironware producer has focused action on its foundries, in an effort to make maximum impact.

It has invested millions of pound in capturing waste heat to feed back into the production process, an upgraded exhaust system and a new auto-pour system to improve yield.

Paul said: “If as a country we are to achieve our carbon reduction targets, then it is about time that measures like CEMARS are made mandatory for all organisations.

“As a socially responsible business, Saint-Gobain PAM UK looks beyond our immediate commercial needs and constantly questions how we can contribute to a sustainable future for our wider community.”

He added: “This award is also only the start of our carbon reduction plans and we are aiming to further reduce our emissions by 50 per cent by 2025.”

Results were independently verified by Achilles which runs CEMARS in the UK.

Achilles chief executive Jay Katzen said: “In a landmark month, when the Paris Agreement will be coming into force, Saint-Gobain PAM UK are proving themselves to be global role models in responsible and sustainable business.”