BCF Sustainability Awards highlights progression within industry

18 January 2013

The British Coatings Federation celebrated the best of the coatings industry at its recent Sustainability Awards evening.

The key theme for the evening was progression and the highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Sustainable Innovation award. Crown Paints took the accolade for Earthbalance, the company-wide initiative designed to take an holistic and coherent approach to sustainability. Judges, Dr Phil Gamlen, David Thomas and Dr Peter Collins commended Earthbalance for the way it has become embedded in the day-to-day workings of Crown Paints and also its suppliers. The data collected from quantifying the carbon footprint was also utilised in further R & D projects – another element that impressed the judges.

The Coatings Care Award consisted of two separate elements – The Coatings Care Progress and the Overall Best Performer Awards. The Overall Best Performer award was presented to AkzoNobel Packaging Coatings in Birmingham for continuing to reduce its energy usage and treatment of waste.

BASF Coatings scooped the Coatings Care Progress Award for a site-wide programme to improve energy consumption and reduce the level of waste generated and the amount sent to landfill. The Deeside site has also made significant steps to improving its safety culture, resulting in an impressive three years without a lost time injury.

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