Created using abundant natural materials, sourced locally and through a domestic supply chain, the UK brickmaking sector is an example of sustainable industry.
Clay bricks have a typical lifecycle of 150 years; the versatility of multiple uses through extensions, alterations to internal configurations, and façade renovations; and the durability to withstand the hard wear of multiple occupants over an extended period, all of which contribute to its position as a leading sustainable construction component.
Welcome to the latest Brick Sustainability Report, which provides a detailed account of how the sector has performed against its collective sustainability strategy and, illustrates the progress we have made since the launch of our first sustainability report in 2001. We continue to report against the targets set through our collaborative Resource Efficiency Action Plan and have made further progress in water consumption. We continue to invest in our people, which is demonstrated in the year-on-year increase in training days provided.
One of the strengths of this report is that it covers a diverse range of activities, from the selection of alternative raw materials, approaches to resource efficiency and the circular economy, to biodiversity, its links to developing a natural capital strategy and health and safety measures that affect the wellbeing of our employees.
The Sustainable Production Working Party’s focus in 2019 will be to develop our next phase of reporting indicators and targets, with input from our stakeholders, before we reach the 2020 milestones.Download