Lime sector's continued improvements to energy efficiency
The Lime sector continually strives to improve energy efficiency through investment in both developing technology as well as training courses for staff. All BLA companies have worked with the Carbon Trust to ensure all staff are trained to a high level in the importance of energy management and all opportunities for energy saving have been identified. A
ll companies have energy efficiency measures planned into new activities and existing plants are regularly reviewed to take into account any technological advances. Defra acknowledged during the 2004 review that the BLA and participating Climate Change Agreement companies had taken a positive and active approach to improving performance.
As energy is such a large proportion of lime production cost, all cost effective projects have been implemented by manufacturers as early as possible. BLA Members have been extremely proactive in identifying potential energy savings; some companies finding and implementing them, and some still to identify feasible opportunities. Below is a list of activities undertaken or investments made by the BLA:
- kiln operator training workshops organised by AEAT;
- energy efficiency training for employees;
- high efficiency replacement policy for motors;
- automated control systems;
- variable speed drives;
Notes to Editors
The BLA is a constituent body of the Mineral Products Association (MPA), which is the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, lime, mortar and silica sand industries. The BLA represents the interests of three member companies, responsible for producing 75% of the lime sold in the UK. The BLA members are Lhoist UK, Singleton Birch Ltd and Tarmac.
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