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Joint effort aims for 3 MW energy generation

Jewson has worked with long-term waste management partner Biffa and sister companies within Saint-Gobain Construction Products UK to secure a 360° green energy supply initiative.

The new initiative will see Jewson’s site waste converted to energy by Biffa, in the form of refuse-derived fuel for the generation of electricity. Biffa will then provide this volume of renewable electricity, a 3 MW base load, to Saint-Gobain for use by some of its UK manufacturing businesses. Jewson’s target is zero waste to landfill. 

Jewson and Biffa have been working together since 2006. In this time a comprehensive recycling programme has been implemented at all Jewson branches and Jewson’s recycling level has increased by 260 per cent. Inert material, wood, gypsum and mixed materials such as paper and plastics are all recycled in Jewson’s commitment to divert all residual waste from landfill by 2014.

Biffa contract manager Ian Berry said: “At Biffa we work closely with our clients to tailor-make solutions. Our aim is always to save our clients money through the intelligent management of resources. This renewable energy deal is one of a kind and is naturally the next step after maximising recycling across the Jewson network.”

Jewson sustainability director Rod Leigh said: “This arrangement is the result of a long-standing relationship between Biffa and Jewson, which will also benefit our sister companies within Saint-Gobain. Companies are encouraged to share environmental best practice across the group. This particular initiative will provide protection from rising energy prices, while helping Jewson to meet its renewable energy targets through the sustainable management of waste.

“It is increasingly important that businesses break out of their linear mind set and look for opportunities to close the loop, particularly between waste and energy. Jewson is proud to be raising the bar for the construction industry both through high levels of recycling and this innovative energy from waste initiative.”

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