The Bradford head office of Barrett Steel Group has achieved a key environmental standard, ISO 14001:2004, as part of a company-wide campaign to reduce its carbon footprint.

Mel Bray, director of integrated management systems, said: “The award is the start of an environmental improvement strategy, which will see our national and international operations accredited by the end of 2015.

“The strategy includes a targeted reduction in energy and resource demands, along with a waste management programme to ensure we minimise waste output, increase recycling levels and target for a zero-to-landfill business.”

As part of the process the group has implemented initiatives to reduce electricity, water and fuel consumption, optimise raw material use and become more energy efficient in production processes. It has also cut noise pollution, liaised with local residents to discuss operating times, reduced atmospheric pollution and made its sites as visually appealing as possible.