Asset International Ltd Scoop Prestigious Eco Accolade

Posted: Wednesday 14th November 2012

South Wales-based water management solutions firm acknowledged for commitment to reducing carbon footprint.

Asset International ltd (Asset), the leading manufacturer of Weholite HDPE plastic sustainable drainage and water management products, has been awarded certification to the world class, ISO accredited CEMARS standard by the Achilles carbon reduction programme.

Achilles works with organisations to help them establish carbon reduction leadership for their organisation and across their supply chain.

The Carbon Emissions Measurement And Reduction Scheme (CEMARS) certification was presented to Asset in recognition of the company’s commitment to measuring, managing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in a robust and credible way.

Speaking about the accolade, Dr Vasilios Samaras, product manager at Asset, said: “We are delighted to be recognised for our steadfast commitment to reducing our carbon footprint. Manufacturing firms don’t always have the best reputation when it comes to eco credentials and we were determined to turn this perception on its head.

“Several white papers produced by the Hydro-Environmental Research Centre at Cardiff University have considered the subject of carbon footprints in the water management industry. The results suggest that HDPE pipes are a more carbon efficient product for use within water management systems as opposed to traditional materials. Therefore, it could be inferred that HDPE pipes have the potential to actively aid the construction industry in its formidable task of reducing GHG emissions in accordance with the UK government’s forthcoming targets.”

Key targets set by Asset to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the coming years include a reduction in electricity consumption by 6% and more efficient internal transportation.

Asset is the leading manufacturer of Weholite large diameter HDPE plastic sustainable drainage and water management products. Weholite pipes represent the latest technology in both material and manufacturing, and have been utilised in projects across the UK and internationally, in countries such as Ireland, Norway and Finland. Recent projects include flood alleviation schemes, river culverts and waste management plans.

Frances Darton, Sustainability Sector Manager at Achilles commented, “Asset International’s certification to the CEMARS carbon standard demonstrates the organisation’s commitment to working in a sustainable way and in an energy efficient environment. As the UK drives towards a low carbon economy, organisations like Asset International are leading the efforts to manage and reduce emissions and operate in environmentally responsible ways. This ensures that Asset is able to develop a relationship with customers, contractors, suppliers and wider stakeholders, to encourage and support wider sustainable development”.

The UK cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than any other European country last year, over-achieving on targets under the Kyoto protocol on climate change. Some of the reduction was owing to milder weather and an increase in renewable energy generation, but the sluggish economy is also likely to have contributed.

The EU as a whole will meet its target under the 1997 treaty, which requires developed countries to cut their emissions by a total of just over 5% from 1990 levels by the end of 2012. Britain's emissions fell by 36m tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2011, a 6% drop, while France's fell 5% and Germany's 2%.

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