Jewson releases sustainable development review

Published:  15 January, 2013

Jewson has released its Sustainable Development Review for 2011-2012. The review showcases Jewson’s proactive approach to its environmental, economic and social agenda. Key environmental achievements highlighted include over 90% of timber certified, 34% of waste recycled as well as a 10% reduction in water consumption.

With a visually appealing design and easy to follow layout, the latest Sustainable Development Review offers a clear and concise overview of all Jewson activity, highlighting achievements through short case studies in addition to outlining future commitments.

The Review is divided into three key areas: Environmental, Economic and Social followed by a focus on Key Performance Indicators. Since Jewson’s last review in November 2011, other notable areas of progress include the merchant’s work with suppliers to reduce in-bound packaging by 20% as well as to meet its target of 40% of waste from branches being recycled.

Jewson has also succeeded in a 33% energy saving equating to over 5.94 tonnes of CO2 per year through upgrading the existing lighting in its Sheffield branch. The result has been so positive – that the new LED lighting is going to be installed across the Jewson network. Furthermore, Jewson has achieved an 8% reduction in carbon emissions through improved logistics. These achievements have all helped contribute toward a 1% reduction in carbon emissions overall.

The Sustainable Development Review offers an overview of Jewson’s ongoing commitment to charity. During 2011-2012 Jewson staff, suppliers and customers have helped to raise a staggering £320,000 for charity partner Barnardo’s.

“The economic climate remains challenging for the country as a whole and for the construction industry in particular, but this hasn’t prevented us in pushing forward with our agenda for sustainable development,” commented Peter Stringer, managing director at Jewson.

“We have been successful in achieving excellent results across a number of areas and ensuring sustainable development is embedded across everything our business does. Our performance in important areas such as water reduction, waste recycling and reduced carbonthrough better management of our logistics are great examples of this. However, we also recognise that there is much more to do and we have set ourselves clear targets across 10 key areas - where we believe we can have the largest impact.”

Jewson worked in conjunction with IMS Consulting to produce the review and Graham Sprigg, managing director at IMS Consulting commented: “We are impressed by the way in which Jewson has built on its pre-existing commitments and targets to develop a new set of key areas within which it will focus its efforts over the coming years.”

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