Jewson has released its annual Sustainable Development Review for 2013, detailing the merchant’s proactive approach to its environmental, economic and social agenda.

Key achievements for 2013 include over 93% of timber certified, 59% of waste recycled as well as a 31% reduction in water consumption.

As a sustainable builders’ merchant, Jewson prides itself on being an ethical business. After becoming the first builders’ merchant to publish Key Performance Indicators, Jewson continues to release its Sustainable Development Review to benchmark its progress towards targets in place for 2020.

In 2013 there have been a number of notable successes. Jewson has reduced carbon emissions by over 1 tonne per million pound turnover and its work to monitor and reduce water usage has resulted in a 67,000m3 saving. This means Jewson will meet its 2020 target of a 20% reduction on its 2012 figure, seven years ahead of time.

Furthermore, the launch of a pioneering 360° agreement with waste management and recycling specialist Biffa has meant that site waste from all Jewson branches is now converted to energy in the form of refuse-derived fuel for the generation of electricity. This has helped the merchant to ensure that 59% of waste is now diverted from landfill and indicates that Jewson is on course to achieve its target of 0% of waste to landfill by the end of 2014.

“Our Sustainable Development Review is an essential tool,” explained Rod Leigh, sustainability director at Jewson. “Setting targets, working towards them, evaluating our achievements and recognising that there are ways to improve is absolutely crucial if we are to build a sustainable future.

“Therefore, Jewson continues its efforts to lower our environmental impact, contribute positively to the local communities in which we operate and to create safe, healthy environments for our staff and visitors. I am very proud of what has been achieved to date and with the help of our staff and our supply chain – we can continue to make positive achievements.”

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