Responsible paving and walling manufacturer, Tobermore, has been named ‘Sustainable Manufacturing Business of the Year’ at the Business Eye Sustainability Awards 2023.
The prestigious awards aim to recognise local businesses for their hard work and continued contribution to a more sustainable environment. The inaugural event organised by Business Eye, took place for the first time at the Culloden Estate & Spa in Belfast on Thursday evening.
Tobermore came out on top of a very tough category with finalists including big names like Coca-Cola HBC, Wrightbus and Collins Aerospace.
Tobermore use 100% of the energy produced from their renewable sources in their operations. The business owns a 250kW wind turbine and have over 1250 solar panels installed which produce 28,950.9 kWhr per annum. The company is currently supplied with 100% Green energy as verified by Power NI.
Tobermore have championed a few remarkable sustainability initiatives that really set them apart for the judges. In the last few months, the has established a collaborative cluster to transform excess livestock manure and grass silage into biomethane which can be used as fuel. For Tobermore, this could lead to decarbonised fuel for vehicles and lower carbon paving, walling and kerb products.
Last year, the responsible manufacturer released Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for their paving, walling and kerb products. EPDs provide their customers with comparable, objective and third-party verified environmental data.
Furthermore, Tobermore have begun planting over 44,000 trees in Northern Ireland. The initiative promises to have a positive environmental impact while supporting local biodiversity.
David Henderson, Managing Director and owner of Tobermore commented on the win:
“Tobermore is delighted to be named Sustainable Manufacturing Business of the Year. Sustainability is a key strategic focus for our business and although we don’t do it for awards, it is wonderful to be recognised in this way. This accolade marks a key milestone in our sustainability journey and is a credit to our team and the sustainability ethos they have embedded.”
Business Eye judging panel chairman, Richard Buckley commented on Tobermore’s entry:
“Tobermore’s was a stand-out entry in the highly competitive manufacturing category. In an industry with some significant environmental challenges, Tobermore has made huge strides towards embracing sustainability throughout both its manufacturing process as well as its organisation as a whole.”
For more information on Sustainability at Tobermore visit: tobermore.co.uk/about-us/sustainability/