British Gypsum’s Barrow-upon-Soar gypsum mine, part of Saint-Gobain, has invested in two underground lithium battery-powered gypsum haulers to cut CO2 emissions by a quarter.
By replacing existing diesel-powered units, it is estimated these improvements will reduce CO2 emissions by 100 tonnes a year - the equivalent to over 250,000 miles in a diesel car.
The new technology at the Leicestershire site marks another important step in the mine’s net zero journey.
Jeremy Elvins, Minerals & Estates Manager, British Gypsum, said:
“We are pleased to announce this investment into CO2-reducing equipment at our Barrow-upon-Soar site. Our purpose is Making the World a Better Home and the switch to battery technology is a small step on the road to reducing the embodied carbon in plaster manufactured by British Gypsum in the UK. The 25% reduction in CO2 emissions at Barrow is a significant milestone on our net zero roadmap for the mine. These will be the first lithium battery powered rock haulers of their kind in an underground mine in the UK and Europe, so we are truly leading the way.”
British Gypsum plans to replace a third diesel hauler with a battery-powered unit in 2024.
These moves are part of a commitment shared by all brands within the Saint-Gobain group as they focus on their individual net zero carbon 2050 roadmaps. Plans include tackling transport and production emissions, reducing embodied carbon in supply chains, and switching to renewable only electricity.