Responsible Sourcing

/ TRANSPORT, UTILITIES, AND WASTE MANAGEMENT

/ TRANSPORT

Safer driving doesn't just mean that our staff and those around us are safer, it also has a profound effect on the environment. We aim to reduce our fuel consumption across all vehicle use by employees.

The potential reduction of transport based impacts can be found here 

Our vehicles are regularly maintained so that they are the most fuel-efficient possible. Checks on our fleet include:

  • servicing all vehicles regularly
  • inflating our tyres correctly as under-inflated tyres can increase fuel consumption by up to 3 per cent
  • monitoring fuel consumption and driving style
  • checking the exhaust system is in good working order

/ ENERGY USE

Reducing our energy use is an important part of our ongoing efforts to reduce our impact on the environment and CO² emissions. Locally in the UK, we run an energy reduction programme to lower our gas and electricity use. This programme includes:

  • ongoing compressed air leakage checks
  • reduction of the compressor running time using a 'Smart Compressor System'
  • printers are set up on eco-mode with a timed shut down in place for when the printer is not in use
  • continuous Switch Off Campaign in all business areas
  • investigation of all new machinery energy efficiency and use before the purchase decision is made
  • all Warehouse lighting has been replaced by LED at the end of 2019

/ WATER USE 

Water is a key natural resource of critical value to the planet as well as to the entirety of the Hydro value chain. 

Whilst we do not operate in any area that is 'water-stressed', we do measure, report and reduce our water consumption. Our main focus is on the management of our water consumption and the appropriate treatment of wastewater before we discharge it back into the water system. We aim to develop a water stewardship approach for the management of our water resources. 

We're committed to using water sensibly and reducing our usage. Hydro Building Systems UK Ltd monitor our water consumption and minimise the demand for potable supplies of water as far as possible. We've undertaken ways to reduce our water usage and continue to educate our employees to be water efficient. These water consumption reduction actions include:

  • Addition of water misers on all urinals 
  • Water economical dishwashers used on all floors that are only used when full
  • Low-level flush upgrades to lavatories
  • Push-button taps fitted to cafe hand basins

/ WASTE MANAGEMENT 

Waste is a by-product of the aluminium production process and is generated at all stages of the value chain. Our waste management strategy focuses n the mitigation hierarchy by finding ways to avoid, minimise and recycle our waste rather than sending it to landfill. 

Our waste management systems at Tewkesbury and Wakefield use services who take a zero-waste to landfill approach in their operations. Waste is collected and sorted at these third-party facilities that sort, recycle with the items that are not able to be recycled being used to produce electricity and then into recycled building materials. Air-pollution produced from this process is cleaned using a air-pollution control system before being released back into the atmosphere. 

 

/ PACKAGING

We take a continuous improvement approach with our packaging and make choices to help our suppliers and customers become more sustainable by making changes to our packaging. 

Where possible, we use re-usable metal stillages for our goods which are sturdy and can be used many times before recycling. These stillages are sent back to us by suppliers and customers for us to re-use time and time again. 

We consistently look at new ways of packaging our deliveries and investigate new environmentally friendly materials for use. When we are not able to completely remove certain types of packaging like the cardboard to line stillages, and the plastic to wrap them, we strive to use completely biodegradable materials instead. 

This method is chosen as if a material is accidentally sent to landfill by a third party, it can still degrade over a reasonable amount of time without impacting the environment.