Reducing carbon

Climate change is undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges facing the planet today and as a business, we know we have a role to play in reducing carbon emissions.

For Marshalls, that means putting in place different initiatives that will have a demonstrable reduction on our carbon footprint – like installing solar panels and having approved science-based targets, developing EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations) for our products and getting 100% of our electricity from renewable sources.

We’re serious about climate action and we’re proud to be the first concrete manufacturer in the UK to use CarbonCure technology – permanently locking waste carbon in our concrete bricks. Whether we’re trialling different mixes in our concrete blocks to reduce cement content or producing our first batch of cement-free concrete paving, we continue to innovate to make real progress.

Read this news article to learn more about some of the work we're doing.

Biodiversity action

As a company operating quarries, we have a clear responsibility to look after the natural environment. Whether it's restoring a quarry after use or planting more trees in our open spaces, we adhere to minerals planning legislation and work collaboratively with partners and local communities. In recent years we've taken part in the Queen's Green Canopy by planting over 2,800 trees at our Brookfoot site in West Yorkshire, with plans for planting more trees to quarry areas as part of our restoration commitments.

We also use our expertise to encourage customers to include more biodiversity in their landscape designs, for both public and private spaces. This includes creating wildlife-friendly garden designs for homeowners and working with architects and specifiers to ensure our materials are used in a way that facilitates more green spaces in the public realm.

Find out more about our work in our Sustainability Report.

Our key achievements

  • Carbon emissions targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative
  • All production plants use electricity from renewable sources
  • Solar arrays at three manufacturing sites
  • Quarry restoration programme
  • 15 year partnership with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

Our priorities

  • Investigating different types of renewable energy
  • Focus on biodiversity action plans
  • Euro 6 standard for fleet
  • Environmental risk assessments
  • Water harvesting and recycling at sites
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