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Russell Roof Tiles continues its journey to Net Zero

by Jennie Ward

The pitched roof tile manufacturer has secured Planet Mark certification, calling it “another major milestone in our Net Zero journey.”

Russell Roof Tiles (RRT) says it has taken a significant step closer to its Net Zero target by achieving Planet Mark certification. 

The manufacturer says its ambition is to be a leader in sustainable and environmental practices and in January it announced its commitment to becoming a Net Zero business by 2040.

Planet Mark is a sustainability certification that provides businesses with the support to understand their impact on the planet, whilst helping to build transparent and trusted businesses in terms of sustainability progression. RRT says the Planet Mark Business Certification is an internationally recognised sustainability certification for business acknowledging continuous progress, encouraging action, and building an empowered community of like-minded individuals.

As part of the commitment to Net Zero 2040, RRT says its major focus is on direct emissions (Scope 1 & 2) and the reduction of fossil fuel use, energy efficiency, maximising renewables and procuring green energy. The manufacturer says this is a process of continual improvement and refinement with all its three manufacturing sites sharing knowledge and initiatives in its own internal ‘race to zero’.

As part of the Planet Mark certification, RRT says it is working hard towards its sustainability goals by reducing its total carbon per employee. The manufacturer says one of its first targets is to reduce carbon by 5 per cent from its current figure of 18.6tCO2e per employee. The company says the total carbon footprint calculation figure includes emissions from purchased electricity, transmission and distribution losses, natural gas, fuel, waste, and business travel.

As part of its work with Planet Mark, RRT says it is supporting the partnership with the sustainability certification company and climate change charity, Cool Earth. RRT says it has now protected an acre of rainforest in association with Cool Earth, and points out that even though it’s thousands of miles away, protecting the rainforest is essential in tackling climate change, as well as bringing wider benefits for society, cultures and biodiversity. Cool Earth’s work is said to be centred around empowering local communities to help keep the rainforest standing.

Russell Roof Tiles says it started its sustainability journey over 10 years ago and its long-term ambition has always been to reduce emissions that damage the environment and improve its operational efficiency, whilst strengthening its wider communities. To continue delivering its commitment to minimise its carbon footprint, RRT says it has introduced a number of initiatives across the company and supply chain this year to further reduce its environmental impact in the future. 

The manufacturer says ultimately reducing greenhouse gas emissions will become a key performance area within its supply chain, with delivery partners and in product design, and its Energy & Emissions strategy roadmap sets out key projects, targets, and milestones that it is working towards in order to achieve Net Zero.

Daniel Hancox, Business Support Manager leads RRT’s Zero task force. He commented: “We’re delighted to reach another major milestone in our Net Zero journey with the support of Planet Mark. We were the first British roof tile manufacturer to achieve an “Excellent” rating for responsible supplier sourcing and have also signed up to the SME Climate Hub, which is a government initiative aimed at getting SME businesses in the UK on the path to Net Zero.”

RRT says it has also achieved gold status with the Supply Chain Sustainability School, which is a multi-award-winning initiative that represents a common approach to addressing sustainability within supply chains. 

www.russellrooftiles.com

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