Rye Demolition was awarded the Best Green Initiative Award at the inaugural Hill Supply Chain Awards in London on 23June 2022.

The event was organised by housing developer The Hill Group to recognise the outstanding achievements and resilience of their suppliers over recent years and pay tribute to innovation and progression in key areas of the industry.

Rye Demolition was presented with the Best Green Initiative award in recognition of its outstanding commitment to improving its environmental impact. Rye is the first SME demolition firm to make the wholesale switch to HVO and is supporting other companies in making the switch.

Having converted its entire fleet of site plant and machinery from diesel to HVO, Rye has committed to moving all of its road vehicles away from diesel with the purchase of 600,000 l of HVO fuel over the next year, thereby eliminating in the region of 1,700 t of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent).

In addition to the switch to HVO, Rye Demolition has committed to a “Sustainable Standard” framework that challenges it to make a positive impact wherever it works using five key pillars: Health and Safety, Environmental, Quality, People and Community. This has seen it undertake a range of initiatives including carbon audits, ongoing investment in modern plant, machinery, technology, and staff training, as well as community engagement and charity work.

Simon Barlow, Managing Director of Rye Group said: “We are delighted to be presented with this award. It is our second environmental award of the year and validates the huge effort and investment we are making to improve our sustainability credentials.

“To be recognised by a supplier is, in many ways, even more satisfying than receiving an industry award because it proves that our work is making a difference to the clients and communities we serve.”

Left to right: Greg Hill, Deputy Chief Executive at Hill Group; Sam Barlow, Project Director at Rye Demolition; Ben Griffiths, Health, Safety and Environmental Director at Rye Demolition; comedian Rob Beckett, awards host

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