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09/07/2024

AG Introduces EPDs For Over 370 Products

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Paving and Building Products firm AG has strengthened its market-leading status in sustainable construction by publishing Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for more than 370 of its products.

The firm, which has manufacturing locations in Fivemiletown, Toome and Carryduff, already has one of the lowest carbon footprints in the industry and is committed to reducing the environmental impact of its operations to an absolute minimum.

Designed to promote transparency within the construction industry, an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a standardised formal document that quantifies a product's environmental impact. It relies on a comprehensive life cycle assessment and is verified by an accredited third party.

Recently awarded Sustainable Manufacturing Business of the Year at the prestigious Business Eye Awards, AG's EPDs reflect the company's dedication to innovation and its ongoing carbon reduction efforts.

Michael Davies, Head of Innovation and Carbon Reduction at AG said: "For many years, we have worked tirelessly to reduce our environmental impact and we are delighted to publish our Environmental Product Declarations.

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"A reflection of the continuous innovation we've employed to date, our EPDs will provide our customers with essential data that will enhance the sustainability credentials of their projects and provide them with a comprehensive overview of their scheme. We are extremely proud to be able to say that our facilities and products boast some of the industry’s lowest embodied carbon statistics."

From 2019 to 2023, AG reported a 47.8% reduction in its Scope 1 and 2 emissions, a significant achievement considering the firm’s extended operational hours and the construction of a new £3 million factory in 2023 to meet increased product demand. Additionally, AG reduced its Scope 3 emissions by 4.67% from 2021, underscoring its commitment to a greener future in construction.

Verified by EPD Hub, AG's Environmental Product Declarations mark the latest milestone in the firm's ongoing sustainability initiatives. These initiatives reflect a long-term commitment to using recycled aggregate and locally quarried materials in a substantial portion of their product range.

AG's commitment to energy efficiency is reinforced through regular reviews of its systems and procedures, driving continuous improvement. As part of its CSR strategy, the company has recently made a significant investment of over £5.4 million to modernise its plant, equipment, and technology, underscoring its dedication to sustainable practices and cutting-edge innovation.

AG’s CEO, Stephen Acheson commented: "At AG, sustainability isn't merely a responsibility but a guiding principle that fuels our innovation and shapes our operations. Our EPDs mark a major milestone in our journey to reduce carbon emissions, providing transparent and comprehensive insights into the environmental footprint of our products. These documents and the data they contain underscore our commitment to creating high-quality, sustainable products, solidifying AG’s reputation as a leader in low-carbon solutions."

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