Towards the end of 2011, CAB was delighted to become an Associate member of the Action Programme on Responsible Sourcing (APRES) which is based at the University of Loughborough. The overarching aim of APRES is to develop an action programme in response to the challenges of delivering responsible sourcing in the UK construction industry by acting as a new community ‘centre’ for knowledge-sharing and dissemination of responsible sourcing practices.
While there is no one single definition for responsible sourcing of construction products, it refers to the management of sustainability issues associated with materials in the construction supply-chain, often from an ethical perspective.
Justin Ratcliffe, CAB Chief Executive commented, ‘Joining APRES was a natural progression from our varied existing and evolving projects on aluminium and sustainability. We have already been active by contributing to the 1st APRES Conference in November 2011 and also being an exhibitor. We have been able to share our involvement in both UK and International projects such as the UK Windows Sustainability Partnership (WSP) with other members in APRES who include leading main contractors, construction groups in the public and private sector and Universities.
CAB has worked closely with the International Aluminium Institute (AIA) to communicate, to audiences including the APRES network, a number of the Institute’s global sustainability objectives. One objective of particular relevance to responsible sourcing is ‘to increase the proportion of bauxite mining areas rehabilitated annually’. The latest research shows in fact that the annual rehabilitation area of existing bauxite areas is equal to the average annual area being opened up. In this steady state environment, bauxite mining is ‘land area footprint neutral’ and sustainable.
One of the immediate impacts of CAB’s involvement in the APRES network has been to encourage the Association to work more closely with the University sector and in early 2012 it begun a research project on ‘aluminium and durability’ with the Department of Architecture and Built Environment at University of Nottingham.
For more details on APRES go to http://apres.lboro.ac.uk/. For further details on CAB and its work on aluminium and sustainability contact Justin Ratcliffe on 01453 828851 or go to www.c-a-b.org.uk.