LEADING construction and infrastructure player Aggregate Industries has achieved international recognition from the Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC), receiving a Gold Certificate, the highest standard for supply of aggregates, at Glensanda, the largest granite quarry in Europe, making the company the first in the UK to receive the global certification.
The CSC was formed in 2016 with the aim of creating a global certification system to show that a company is sourcing cement and concrete in an environmentally, socially and economically responsible way. By creating a certification system for responsibly sourced concrete, the CSC promotes and demonstrates concrete as a sustainable building material to enable informed decisions in construction.
The CSC certification system is recognised by leading green building standards, such as BREEAM or the German DGNB system, to score in the responsible sourcing criteria.
Glensanda, located in the centre of a peak in Morvern Peninsula, near Oban on the West Coast of Scotland, is a unique site, as it is only accessible by sea and is renowned for being one of the most efficient mineral extraction operations in the world. Not only is Glensanda one of Europe’s largest resources of consistently high quality, durable granite, it is also one of the largest single quarry operations in the world.
Trevor Burton, Environment & Sustainability Manager at Aggregate Industries UK, said: “Achieving this certification further highlights our commitment to sustainability and it is great recognition of the work done by the teams at Aggregate Industries. The Gold Standard is only awarded to companies who want to use the planet’s resources with care, which is why this is very important to us as a company, as sustainability is one of our core values.”