Environmental Aims & Responsibilities
StonewrightUK strives towards a healthy balance between our company’s economy and the world’s ecology. We are increasingly aware of the demand for sustainable materials, the impact of the carbon footprint and green issues relating to our planet. The long term durability of stone means that replacement costs are reduced and the lifetime cost is actually less than that associated with more inexpensive floor and wall coverings. Stone is inert and releases little, if any emission, unlike carpet, particularly important for those with allergies or respiratory ailments.
We have compiled documentation from all our overseas stone suppliers, this is to prove they are legally certificated and have ISO systems in place to be compliant with their country’s environmental and health and safety laws. We visit most of our supplier’s factories or quarries and confirm they are compliant with regard to their employee’s safety together with their respect for their surrounding environment. We are totally committed to recycle or reuse our packaging products from our imported goods and are continually looking at ways to minimise any environmental impacts with regard to our company’s use of raw materials, energy, water and logistics. StonewrightUK will always place a very high priority on their duty of care to protect the environment for future generations.
- To ensure that our employees and subcontractors are aware of our environmental commitment and understand their responsibilities.
- To actively encourage employees and subcontractors to suggest environmental improvement initiatives.
- To ensure that all waste materials, both in our office and on our project sites are recycled and to continually evaluate the potential to re-use or re-cycle our waste materials.
- To ensure that any waste which cannot be re-used within the project is disposed of correctly.
- To ensure that material and waste is carefully stored to prevent contamination of the ground, surface water or drainage system
- To seek to minimise nuisances such as dust, odour, noise and vibration resulting from site activities through compliance with all local and national regulatory requirement.
- To fully comply with CDM regulations regarding materials used within the client design.
Environmental Policy Statement
- Compliance with all statutory and regulatory requirements.
- Adherence with our clients’ environmental policy requirements.
- Identifying and evaluating the environmental consequences of the company’s activities.
- Promoting and supporting ‘best practice’ for maximising environmental benefit to encourage environmental improvement and minimising the potential for environmental damage that may be caused by our operation.
- Educating and training our employees to promote awareness and understanding of environmental issues.
- Ensuring that any sub-contractors demonstrate compliance with our environmental policy and that of our clients.
- Minimising waste produced by our operations and to maximise recycling of any waste produced where applicable, liaising closely with statutory and local authorities, clients, third party organisations and the public.
- Conducting a regular overview of our in-house environmental performance and that of our sub-contractors through auditing of operations, thus identifying and rectifying any deficiencies, to promote continuous improvement.
- Establishing and maintaining an effective Environmental Management System to complement our core business operations, seeking support from environmental consultants where necessary.
StonewrightUK constantly strive to improve the quality of service for the benefit of the environment and to ensure complete customer satisfaction through ensuring the sourcing
- Local materials – reducing transport requirements.
- Reclaimed / recycled materials.
- Sustainable resources.
Attributes sought from suppliers:
- Environmental policy in place.
- Environmentally accredited.
- Track record in high environmental performance.
Other considerations taken into account when evaluating how materials are used in construction are:
- The pollution impact of the manufacturing process involved with creating new material?
- Can existing materials be recycled?
- Can more recycled and reclaimed materials be used effectively in design and construction?
- Could materials be designed and used in a way more conducive to re-use?
- How much energy is consumed in the transport of materials?
- Can more prefabricated components be used?
StonewrightUK recognise that travel is associated with our business activities & that our employees can have a direct impact on the local & global environment
- We encourage each employee to consider how they can reduce their impact on the environment through their choice of transport to and from work & how they make any journeys during their work hours.
- All StonewrightUK operatives use public transport rather than cars / vans to reduce carbon emissions. Journeys routes will be planned prior to the commencement of travel.
- Minimisation of vehicle journeys for deliveries.
- Deliveries are co-ordinated to a just in time policy to reduce unnecessary.