Our Sustainability Journey
As a leader in the building materials sector in Ireland, our clients and stakeholders require us to use our expertise to produce high quality, cost effective, innovative, and certified products and solutions to meet their needs. Sustainability requirements are shifting in response to national and European policy and reporting standards, and in light of this, we see a shift in the drivers for our clients and their expectations from Roadstone. Our commitment to sustainability across our organisation must therefore adapt in order to reflect and align the changing policy landscape while meeting client expectations.
Our aim is to lead sustainable activities in our market by committing to and instilling sustainable practices such as circular economy principles, low carbon and low energy solutions into the work we carry out. We recognise that engaging and responding to the needs and expectations of our clients and the wider industry is a key priority, while also ensuring to align to CRH ambition, government policy and the overall shift in societal views of sustainable activities and climate change.
We pride ourselves on providing sustainable solutions and products for our clients. This is supported by the development of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and our Customer Carbon Footprint report for a range of our products and services. EPDs and Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) enable us to inform clients of the overall environmental impact and performance of our products across a wide range of impact areas that can help identify and assess overall company sustainability.
As advocates for the change in our industry’s response to the climate crisis, our commitment to sustainable practices has driven continuous improvements, and research and innovation across our operations and the work that we do, in particular in the area of circular economy.
Over the past years, we have made significant progress to further embed sustainability within our organisation and the work we do. In 2021 we developed our first CO2 Roadmap to track and target reductions in Scopes 1, 2 and 3 emissions across all our operations. Reductions were achieved through a number of active projects that sought to improve energy efficiencies, optimise materials and mixture recipes, and utilise recycled/re-purposed materials.
In 2022, our progress was reinforced by the launch of CRH's Scope 1 & 2 GHG emission roadmap. We increased the number of projects tracking active CO2 reductions while also launching a number of Sustainable Solution R&D projects. Across our operations in 2022 we reduced our total Scope 1, 2 & 3 emissions by more than 23,000 Tonnes of CO2.
As of 2023, we have a total of 80 active sustainability projects that includes projects from our CO2 Roadmap, Sustainable Solution R&D projects, as well as projects focussing on the wider spectrum of ESG including biodiversity, the environment and social value. In the first half of 2023 we have reduced our emissions by more than 15,000 Tonnes of CO2.
Our work to date is setting the precedent and foundation to continue achieving real and lasting results from embedding sustainability in what we do; we aim to replicate and scale-up this action into 2024 and beyond.