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BES6001 marks Kawneer as the world's first manufacturer of aluminium architecturalproducts.

LeadingUK manufacturer Kawneer has become the first supplier of architecturalaluminium products in the world to achieve BES6001, the framework standard for the responsible sourcing of constructionproducts.

Soground breaking was this accreditation that the governing body, BRE Global, had to create a category especially for the product group.

Kawneer'soverall assessment of “Good” (certificate number BES 650797) for the sales,design, manufacture and supply of aluminium architectural products was carriedout by the BSI and now sets the benchmark for others.

The scheme provides manufacturers with a means by which their productscan be independently assessed and certified as being responsibly sourced.  The scheme is recognised by the BREEAM familyof certification schemes where credits can be awarded for construction productsindependently certified through BES 6001.

Specifiers benefit from using accredited manufacturers by securingadditional BREEAM credits for their buildings, reducing risk down the supplychain and demonstrating corporate reputation and leadership.

Kawneer's assessment covered three areas - organisational management, supplychain management and environmental and social issues.

Organisational management covered the company's responsible sourcingpolicy, legal compliance, and quality management and supplier managementsystems. Supply chain management covered material traceability, environmentalmanagement systems (its top mark) and Health and Safety management systems.

It also scored particularly highly under environmental and socialissues, specifically on greenhouse gas emissions, resource use and life cycleassessment but as well as energy management, waste prevention and management,water abstraction, eco-toxicity, transport impacts, employment and skills,local community engagement and business ethics.

Examples of how Kawneer achieved accreditation include a focusedsite-wide team which has reduced average power consumption by 26.38%, gasconsumption by 33% and water intensity usage by 83.77% since 2008.

In addition, in production the Runcorn-based company uses recycledaluminium billets 100% of the time and all of the production waste is recycledback to a smelter to be re-used. Then by having extrusion, paint and thermalbreak rolling all under one roof, the number of miles products travel in thesupply chain is minimised.

Dr Shamir Ghumra, director, Centre for Sustainable Products, BRE, said:“Kawneer is the first aluminium company in the world to achieve certificationto the BRE BES 6001 Framework Standard for Responsible Sourcing.

“The successful audit by BSI and listing on GreenBookLive means thatcustomers of Kawneer can now have even more confidence with the aluminiumproducts sourced from the company. BES 6001 is recognised in the leadingsustainability rating schemes for buildings (BREEAM) and infrastructure(CEEQUAL) which will give designers more reasons to specify Kawneer products.”

Alaister Downie, Kawneer's environmental health and safety manager atRuncorn, said: “We were being asked by our customers if we were approved so wedecided to go for accreditation and were delighted to find we were the firstaluminium products company to achieve this standard.

“At Kawneer UK we are conscious of the impacts that our products andtheir manufacture have on not just our local environment but also globally. Ithink the accreditation to BES 6001 shows that we as a business are working inan ethical manner and committed to reducing these impacts through responsiblesourcing and efficient resource use.”


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