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British Gypsum’s Birkshead fan upgrade to cut carbon emissions

British Gypsum, part of Saint-Gobain, is set to save around 75 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year, thanks to a new fan system at its Birkshead mine.

An outdated model has been replaced with a modern ventilation system at the Cumbria site, which manufactures plaster and plasterboard products.

The fans, which will cut electricity usage by half, will also reduce occupational exposure for operators in the mine, explained Jeremy Elvins, Minerals & Estates Manager, British Gypsum.

He said:

“This significant investment in a new fan system will not only deliver significant energy saving benefits but it will provide appropriate ventilation to keep the atmosphere in the mine safe. The round-the-clock system will ensure radon levels remain below acceptable levels. It is anticipated that the system, which was installed at Birkshead in January, will deliver carbon savings equivalent to over 180,000 miles in a diesel car*."


The fan upgrade comes after British Gypsum’s Barrow-upon-Soar gypsum mine recently installed two underground lithium battery-powered gypsum haulers in a bid to cut CO2 emissions by a quarter.

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. Initiatives include reducing emissions from transport fleets by switching to electric cars, gas powered lorries and investing in electric car charging points.



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