To attain the highly-prized carbon neutral status Neolith® followed the internationally recognized Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG) and implemented a dynamic, innovation-led sustainability strategy coupled with tactical, high value carbon off-setting.
These measures have led to carbon neutrality across the entire business, significantly seeing the brand receiving 100 percent of its electricity in the year 2019 from renewable energy sources. This means no less than 7,690 tons of CO2 emissions have been removed.
Additionally, 90 percent of the waste generated by Neolith® is recycled and given a second life either with company operations or through authorized 3rd party players; which goes to prove the brand’s solid commitment to a circular economy.
Neolith® surfaces also embody these principles, with up to 48 percent of the weight of each slab produced being made from recycled material.
Plant machinery has been upgraded to improve energy efficiency, particularly the 3rd line’s furnace which has benefited from the installation of an O2 and pressure control system, significantly reducing the amount of gas consumed. This is complemented by a 40 percent reduction of forklift truck diesel consumption and a 20 percent decrease in hazardous waste.
Neolith® has also undertaken a number of environmental projects in line with its wider sustainability strategy. These projects compensate for and absorb a specific quantity of CO2.
Chief among these is an exciting, upcoming project in Central America to protect and maintain the unique biodiversity of the Guatemalan Caribbean Conservation Coast. Through this project, Neolith® will be seen working to protect the unique biodiversity of the forests and jungles remaining in the region. As a direct result of the project activities, four million tons of CO2 will be avoided by 2021, the equivalent of taking more than 440,000 homes off the grid for a year.
There are also important biodiversity benefits given that more than 400 species of birds that have been documented in the project will be protected.
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