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With the problems that the pandemic Coronavirus has brought about, it is even more important now that everyone does their part to stabilise not only the environment but also the economy. Cantillon is playing its part by integrating itself in the circular economy.
How is Cantillon doing this; we are looking at the way we can really make a difference by involving those around us, in our supply chain, and those who want to become part of our ambition to ensure that we can contribute to the circular economy. We encourage those with whom we work to look at the way they purchase all their resources.
The circular economy is one that will allow the UK economy and the wider world to benefit, gone are the days of a linear way of working; extraction, use, and disposal.
Cantillon places great store against using those resources from around project locations and will, wherever possible, go to local suppliers of materials and personnel. Consideration must be made to the lifecycle of an organisation and their ability to control and influence the supply chain, only with the aid of both our clients and our supply chain can this be achieved, here at Cantillon we asking the question of both, how they can help. Cantillon wants to be involved early on in the concept of a project, this is the best way that our part in the circular economy can be achieved.
We are a Company moving forward towards carbon neutrality partly through the positive side of carbon offsetting; we have been for the last three years planting trees every month, currently standing at over 500. As a tree matures, it consumes 48 lbs. of carbon dioxide per year (among other greenhouse gases like ozone), and releases enough oxygen for a single person to breathe for two years! The trees we plant are saplings and some are now coming towards maturation when they will start to be at their most productive, for absorbing Co2 and releasing oxygen. This means that we are in the throes of making a difference; when a tree breathes, it inhales carbon dioxide and exhales oxygen — the exact opposite of a human being.
The other area where we are amongst the best is our recycling rate, for the last 3 years, it is running at 99.7% the remainder being hazardous materials. With our supply chain, we are able to recycle all the materials that are produced, during a soft strip and demolition phases, excepting that which is hazardous and cannot be remediated.
We are now looking towards our clients to tell us they want to reuse, re-purpose, and recycle from a project. This is definitely starting to happen with some asking us what we can do to help. Cantillon wants to be asked early on in the concept stage what can be reused and can it be removed to be used again. Cantillon also wants clients to think about “design to deconstruct” so that in the future the building can be deconstructed and not be demolished. Unless this thought is put in at the concept stage repurpose is the best that the client can achieve.
Cantillon is part of the working group within the demolition industry looking at how it can affect the circular economy and what effect it is having on the industry, and is working hard to influence those we work with to come join us.