Glass News Voice of the Industry – January 2018

Published on 11 January, 2019 | Latest News

David Jennings, CEO (third from left)

UAP’s CEO, David Jennings, featured in January’s Voice of the Industry feature for Glass News. Check out his opinion below:

Question:

Isn’t it about time… How many times have we asked ‘Isn’t it about time’ we, personally, our company, the industry, the GGF or the government, did something? Glass News has asked our colleagues in the industry to tell us about which things they think it’s about time with something was done!

David’s answer:

Isn’t it about time… we considered our environmental and ethical responsibilities as an industry?

We have a responsibility to care about the products we supply and produce. To source them ethically. To make sure our products use recyclable materials. That our operations are as environmentally sound as they can be. How many people can say they really do that?

At UAP these are our core values. More than a decade ago, UAP calculated their past, present and future impact on the environment using a cradle to grave the calculation of the CO2 impact we have on the world. We then calculated we needed to plant 5,000 trees to offset it. Instead we planted 50,000 and gained a carbon credit from the Plant a Tree Today organisation. Today those trees absorb an astonishing 1.1 million kilograms of CO2 each year.

In November, UAP installed a further 36KW of solar power. More than 70% of the UK power we use is solar power generated and we aim to be 100% self-sufficient by the end of 2020.