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Ibstock invests in EPD verification for leading rail product range

UK-manufactured precast concrete cable troughing from Ibstock is now available with a third-party verified Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), as part of the company’s planned roll out of EPDs across its product portfolio throughout 2024.

This EPD confirms that Ibstock has one of the lowest carbon concrete cable troughs available on the market and provides the data that will enable the rail sector to make more informed choices about the products it specifies.

Emily Landsborough, Ibstock’s head of ESG, commented: “Our research suggests that the post popular of the size variants within our range have significantly lower embodied carbon than competitor and imported products. Our best-selling concrete cable trough (C/1/9) has 22% less embodied carbon than equivalent products of a similar size based on A1-A3 Global Warming Potential (GWP) figure in comparable EPDs.

“Last year, we invested significantly in the resources and the software needed to provide the full life cycle analysis necessary for Environmental Product Declarations for the products we manufacture. The EPD data is fully transparent and available to the sector to use and analyse.”

Shaun Forrester, Ibstock’s commercial director, said: “Rail operators are working towards increasingly binding carbon reduction targets, so the sustainable credentials of the products they specify is key. One of the most assured metrics for determining a product’s sustainability is via an EPD and we will be releasing more EPDs for Rail and Infrastructure over the coming months.

“This news provides the rail sector with further confidence in our commitment to sustainability and, as a business, we strive to achieve further reductions in embodied carbon within our products as part of Ibstock’s ESG 2030 Strategy.”