In light of this, we have placed sustainability issues firmly at the heart of our business. This has led to the appointment of our first Environmental Assistant Jane Freeman who is now working alongside our Technical Director John Naughton and the highly motivated Technical Department with the aim of making our business more sustainable.
Jane joined Allied Glass in 2011 having gained a degree in Environmental Biogeoscience. This academic background has given her extensive knowledge of environmental management systems, sustainability, environmental law, water quality and waste management issues, all of which will be key to Allied’s long term sustainable future, she says:
“This is a really exciting role within Allied Glass with a huge scope for development, however my initial aims are to ensure that Allied Glass keeps abreast with environmental legislation while providing technical and analytical support to drive the implementation of sustainable practices across the business.”
At Allied Glass, the sustainability team believe that the most effective ideas for making the company more sustainable will come from the employees, those who know the business and manufacturing detail the best, therefore they are developing a questionnaire to assess staff views on sustainability and to collect their ideas on how to improve sustainable practices within each site.
In the meantime, the team have already spread their influence widely, the department having undertaken a number of initiatives toestablish baseline data, these include a programme to track water use, raising everyone’s awareness about the amount of water used on each site and then exploring ways to reduce consumption. Jane continues:
“We are constantly looking at additional ways to support environmental benefits while promoting better working conditions for everyone at Allied Glass, to this end we will be looking at bike and car share schemes for the near future.”
By working in partnership with local authorities, British Glass, The Environment Agency, Government departments and suppliers, Allied Glass are already making positive steps to reduce the company’s environmental impact, but developments require a long term vision – however recent investments and a commitment to improving the company’s operations are already actively promoting a sustainable future for Allied Glass.