ScotAsh Limited, the UK’s leading manufacturer of sustainable PFA-based cements, welcomed His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester to its plant at Longannet Power Station, Kincardine-on-Forthin central Scotland.
The company – a joint venture between ScottishPower and Lafarge Cement – manufactures cements, grouts and other construction products from power station ash, conserving natural aggregates, saving CO2 emissions and avoiding the need to landfill ash.
The Duke, who is the grandson of King George V and cousin of Her Majesty The Queen, is a qualified architect with particular interests in architecture and conservation. He became a corporate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 1972, and serves as a commissioner of the Historic Building and Monuments Commission for England (English Heritage).
ScotAsh’s Managing Director, Peter Quinn said: “As a qualified architect who has an interest in environmental issues, His Royal Highness was very interested in whether architects are specifying our products in view of the growing movement to reduce the carbon footprint of construction.
“He asked many questions about our process, particularly the way we remove carbon from the raw material to make it suitable for quality controlled cements and seemed very interested in the environmental benefits of using pulverised fuel ash in cements, which include less quarrying, reduced carbon emissions and diverting ash from landfill. We were honoured that he chose to visit us.”