No Plastic, No Landfill, Reduced Carbon Emissions, Reduced Disruption & Reversible – Sureground™ Soil Enhancement System
- It takes over 1000 years to produce 1cm of healthy soil.
- Soils host a quarter of global biodiversity with more organisms in a tablespoon of soil than human beings on Earth.
- Soils play an important role in mitigating climate change by storing carbon and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere.
- 95% of food is produced in soils.
- Soils capture, store and filter water, making it safe to drink.
- Most well-known antibiotics, including penicillin, originated from soil microorganisms.
- 33 percent of soil is moderately to highly degraded due to erosion, loss of soil organic matter, nutrient depletion, acidification, salinisation, compaction and chemical pollution.
Recent studies suggest that construction is responsible for up to 50% of climate change, 40% of energy usage globally and 50% of landfill waste. Construction also creates air, water and noise pollution, along with the destruction of natural habitats.
In recent years there has been an increased concern with rising worldwide carbon emissions. The UK government has responded with the Climate Change Act, a legally binding target aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the UK by at least 80% below base year levels by 2050. In the 2007 planning policy statement provided by the UK Government, it was stated that the design of future developments should limit CO2 emissions.
The Climate Emergency Declaration calls upon our elected leaders to initiate a society-wide mobilisation to prevent climate change. The Contractors Declare pledge takes this further with UK contractors declaring a climate and biodiversity emergency. The eight founding signatories included Bam Construct UK, Bam Nuttall, Canary Wharf Contractors, Morgan Sindall, Multiplex, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska UK, and Willmott Dixon.
Research into carbon sinking has also shown that clean and healthy soils are key to mitigating atmospheric greenhouse gases. Natural soils are the most effective carbon sink and are key to restoring or enhancing biodiversity and the value of natural assets.
Plastic use has also become a high focus area due to dwindling global petrochemical resources and the impact it has on ecosystems, both in terms of carbon emissions and biodiversity.
SUREGROUND™ Reversible Soil Enhancement contributes to sustainable construction in numerous ways.
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