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UltraTile wins Best Environmental Initiative at 2022 TTA Awards

In a time where being environmentally responsible is more important than ever, UltraTile says it’s extremely honoured to have won Best Environmental Initiative at the 2022 Tile Association Awards.

“We have worked really hard over the last 12 months to be as green as possible. Our new solar farm, CNG lorries and recycled packaging are just a few of the changes we have recently made. I’ve always been really proud of our environment commitments and it’s fantastic to be recognised by the tiling industry too,” said Jason Reid, UltraTile Brand Manager.

In early 2022, the company invested over £420,000 to install solar panels at its world-class manufacturing facility in Tamworth. Renewable energy specialists, Perfect Sense Energy, installed 1656 solar panels across a 3,771sqm area – the largest installation tackled by the company so far.

The 768KW solar panels will generate 680,000KW of clean green energy and are projected to save at least 36,000KW per month. Over the lifespan of the system, the company expects to produce over 15 million KW of green power which will save over 4,000 tonnes of CO₂.

UltraTile prides itself on its sustainability practices, the company says, with all its tile adhesives and grouts produced at a facility which reportedly utilises the most sustainable manufacturing processes possible.

By adapting these processes, the company says in 2020, its carbon footprint was measured at 3303.53 tonnes per CO₂E – a 16% improvement compared to the previous year.

All UltraTile materials are delivered to customers on its 35-strong, privately owned fleet, which now includes two CNG lorries. The introduction of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles will reportedly result in a reduction of CO₂ emissions by 115 tonnes per truck, per year. The company says it’s fully committed to using fuel alternatives and aims to have 25% of its fleet running on CNG by the end of 2024, and 60% by the end of 2025.

UltraTile helps customers reduce their own carbon footprint with products including ProLevel Ultimate – a water-based floor leveller that contains 20% recycled material. Its external tiling products, ProPave Grout and ProPave Primer, are now available in buckets made from 100% recycled material, which can also be recycled.

The company’s other initiatives include a pallet recycling scheme, intelligent lighting, grey water system and climate control. It has also proudly been zero waste to landfill since 2014 – meaning 100% of manufacturing waste is recycled and not sent to landfill.

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