Resource efficiency and the circular economy

The construction industry was responsible for half of the UK’s total waste produced in 2012, generating over 100 million tonnes (UK Statistics on Waste, 15 December 2015) before counting the product supply chain. To put that in perspective, that is three times more waste than all UK households combined.

As a major supplier of building materials, we have a big role to play in using resources in the most efficient and responsible way possible. We’ve started a range of initiatives but we know there is much more to do. We need to minimise the amounts we send to landfill and help our customers do the same.

Changing the way we think about resources

Our traditional economy uses raw materials (starting point) to manufacture goods and products that are then disposed of (end point). This ‘linear’ approach is not sustainable and many people now talk about the ‘circular’ economy.

The circular economy means that there is no start or end point as the useful life of products is extended and materials re-enter the process through re-use, re-manufacturing and re-cycling. 

What are we doing at Travis Perkins?

This presentation demonstrates how we are making efforts to improve our resource efficiency and beginning to take steps to adapt our business model to a circular economy:

Resource efficiency and the circular economy

Performance (value chain)

In 2014 the major contributors to total waste in our value chain* were:

*By value chain waste we mean the waste produced from extraction of raw materials to distribution of products by TP (waste after use is not included).

 

Our performance

In 2014 we exceeded our target of 2.2 tonnes of waste sent to landfill per £ 1 million of sales: