Ibstock’s sustainability manager shortlisted for climate-action award

Michael McGowan - Ibstock Group Sustainability Manager.
Michael McGowan - Ibstock Group Sustainability Manager.

Michael McGowan, group sustainability manager at Ibstock, has been shortlisted for Sustainability Leader of the Year at the edie Sustainability Leaders Awards 2022.

Having worked for the building products manufacturer for 30 years, and being recognised for his sustainability efforts in 2020 when he won Energy Manager of the Year, Michael’s commitment to leading a team that has raised the bar for sustainable performance across the Group has been demonstrated by the many initiatives including:

  • First ceramics sector company to go public with a carbon reduction target and sustainability roadmap.
  • First UK building products manufacturer procuring 100% electricity from renewable sources.
  • First UK brick factory part-powered by a solar farm.
  • Intention to invest in a pathfinder project which it believes will be the world’s only Scope 1 and 2 net zero brick factory.

These measures have put Ibstock on a pathway to achieving its Sustainability Roadmap target of a 15% reduction in CO2 per tonne of production by 2025.

Joe Hudson, CEO of Ibstock, commented: “Michael has re-shaped thinking and opinions about sustainability across the Group, inspiring employees to be part of our success.

“His passion for more sustainable methods of manufacture has already achieved significant results, helping us stay on course to meet our ambitious carbon reduction targets. We are delighted that his achievements have been recognised and applaud his efforts for raising the bar, not just at Ibstock but across the sector.”

>>Read more about Ibstock’s sustainability efforts here.