Former US VP Al Gore Has Presented a Westbury Based Company with a Top Environmental Prize


14 July 2007


FORMER US Vice-President Al Gore has presented a Westbury-based company with a top environmental prize.
Lafarge Cement is celebrating after fighting off stiff competition to receive a Business in the Community (BITC) Award for Excellence.


Mr Gore presented the Eco-efficiency Award to the company at the Royal Albert on Monday night. The award recognises companies, which are taking a strategic, comprehensive and innovative approach to reducing waste and natural resource use.


Westbury Works manager Jim Cross said: "We are delighted to win this award - it is a well-deserved thank you to all of our staff, both at this works and across the UK network.


"Their commitment to our environmental performance through integrating waste material into our process and increasing our recycling, as well as using product extenders such as pulverised fuel ash (from power stations) has firmly established Lafarge's sustainability credentials."


Other blue chip companies shortlisted in this category included Ford, Toyota and Boots the Chemists. Lafarge Cement's managing director Erdogan Pekenc and national environment manager Danny Lawrence received the award - a plaque and oak tree sapling.


In his presentation speech, Mr Gore, the high profile environmental campaigner, commended all Lafarge Cement staff for their commitment to environmental performance.


He singled out the company's achievement of reducing process waste by 80 per cent and increasing positive use of waste materials in the form of fuels, raw materials and product additions.


Lafarge Cement was also shortlisted with Tesco, B&Q, Barclays and Harper Adams University College in the Man International Climate Change Award Category, which was won by BSkyB.