CSR at Kilwaughter includes a commitment to caring for the environment. This includes minimising environmental effects caused by our own operations, as well as those that arise from our supply chain while taking positive environmental actions to improve everything around us.
Managing any effects that arise from our supply chain or operations are equally important. Our aim is to work only with suppliers who share our business values, running their business responsibly and taking steps to reduce their own environmental effects.
Energy use is diligently recorded for all types of utilities used on all sites. The impact of noise and vibration from the manufacturing and quarrying activities on the local environment is regularly monitored at the site perimeter.
Investment in our operating facilities returns energy savings equivalent to providing heating and electricity to 250 homes each year.
We also have invested in solar panels on site to help generate power in a clean, efficient method.
Employees are trained how to minimise waste and maximise recycling including recycling pallets and waste wood used in production, along with metal, cardboard and paper waste. Our Team also take part in litter picking around the site, splitting the waste into recycling and non-recycling bags.
The river from which water is abstracted is monitored closely to ensure there is no detrimental effect on the river ecology and that it may be used as a source for potable water.
Over 20,000 trees have been planted at our Larne HQ including Ash, Oak, Beech, Birch, Rowan, Alder and fruit trees. We have also planted many wild flowers to complement the surrounding natural beauty.
We support biodiversity through our partnership with the Irish Grouse Conservation Trust, carrying out a wide range of habitat management and re-establishing red listed rare species on 1200 acres. This includes grouse, curlew, snipe and golden plover. Specifically on the company land the number of grouse has increased by 30% over 10 years, helping the East Antrim area provide a home to 65% of Northern Ireland’s grouse.