The Corporate Environmental Award celebrates the achievement of a member organisation who has successfully completed an impactful environmental improvement project within the past two years. The winning organisation receives £2,000 to donate to a local school of their choice to fund a STEM-based environmental project and develop vital, lasting industry-academia links.
Sirius Minerals aims to become one of the world’s leading producers of multi-nutrient fertilizers. Their central purpose is to make a significant and sustainable contribution to global food security, one of the most important challenges facing the world today.
The Woodsmith Mine has been called the most mitigated mining project in the world. The project incorporates sustainable design and operations, minimal construction impact and energy efficient processes. Furthermore, Sirius Minerals have worked hard to safeguard and enhance the environment and support sustainable agricultural practices.
However, it is the firm’s commitment and desire to go above and beyond what was required by regulators and planning that impressed this year’s judging panel.
During 2018, mains power installation on site has almost eliminated the need for diesel generators, and in the coming months the installation of an LNG plant will offer cleaner, more sustainable power in the future.
Also, despite a simple granulation process that is free of chemicals and waste, designs have been optimised further – reducing power consumption by around 50%, lowering the thermal energy burden and removing the need for additional raw materials in the process.
Many, many environmental, landscape and ecology projects have been supported too. Locally sourced rare wildflower mix has been seeded; a wetland habitat established, and 7,000 hectares of carbon offsetting woodland will be created – that’s 10 million trees to you and me! Since just 2017, £700,000 of funding has been provided for local environmental projects.
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