Circular Economy

Circular Economy

From drill pipe to piling pipe: Our steel piling pipe is driving the circular economy.

Reuse and recycling have been a cornerstone of John Lawrie Group since its founding in the 1930s, delivering significant environmental and monetary benefits to customers during that time.

A notable shift in focus is taking place around the world to minimise waste, pollution and the consumption of finite resources, improve sustainability, reduce environmental impacts and cut carbon emissions. This has led to the concept of the circular economy growing in prominence. It is a process whereby resources, which are otherwise deemed to be waste, are kept in use for as long as possible by either repurposing them into new products to be utilised in a new way, or by recycling.

John Lawrie Group -through its tubulars and metals divisions -is a strong advocate of the circular economy. It understands the value that the model provides to customers, particularly when faced with tightening environmental legislation, establishing zero waste strategies and reducing their carbon footprint.

Having identified two decades ago that redundant steel tubulars from the North Sea oil and gas industry could be used as a high-quality replacement for traditional concrete piles, John Lawrie Tubulars has progressively developed this area of its business.

Today, at its facilities in Scotland and the United States, John Lawrie Tubulars holds a stock of around 100,000 tonnes of steel tubulars that is suitable for use in piling and micro-piling projects in the construction and civil engineering sectors globally.

To date, John Lawrie Tubulars has supplied millions of tonnes of steel tubulars for use as piling pipe, which has minimised waste, saved an equal volume of CO2 emissions and helped establish a more robust economy. Reusing steel casing pipe as steel piling pipe demonstrates the innovative thinking required to fully realise the potential of the circular economy.

In 2017, that innovation and commitment to reuse and recycling was acknowledged when John Lawrie Group won the circular economy award at the VIBES -Scottish Business Environment Awards.

Environmental Director Ray Grant explains just how John Lawrie Group are working to reuse and recycle materials.