WRS19001 Global Company Agrees Primary Authority Partner

A global building materials supplier has partnered with a single local authority regulator to cover all its 216 local authority regulated sites in England, after striking a ‘Primary Authority’ deal.

In the first such partnership in the sector area, CEMEX UK Ltd has entered a primary authority partnership with Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) for assured regulatory advice on a range of permitted industrial processes nationwide.

It means CEMEX, headquartered in Rugby, Warwickshire, can work with WRS for regulatory advice and site inspection plans that must be respected by local regulators.

Paul Fletcher, UK Environmental Manager at CEMEX, said: “What caught our attention were the improvements and efficiencies we could gain by having one point of contact such as WRS. With one set of processes and a standardised approach, tailored with our business needs in mind, we are better placed to drive continuous improvement across our numerous sites.

“This primary authority arrangement makes it easier for us to deliver even more against our environmental policies.”

Primary authority partnerships simplify the process of local regulatory compliance by enabling a consistent business-wide approach for businesses that operate across multiple local authority areas. Through them businesses gain a single point of contact for assured advice on meeting certain regulatory standards across their whole operation, rather than separately from each local authority area they work in. It works by requiring local regulators to respect the advice and inspection plans provided to partner businesses by lawful primary authorities.

Simon Wilkes, Head of WRS, said: “It’s a deal in everybody’s best interest. CEMEX takes its compliance responsibilities under these environmental regulations very seriously, and we have the capability and expertise to provide consistent advice to them to be applied at the local level nationwide. Primary authority partnerships like this can save a lot of time and money.”

The partnership between CEMEX and WRS covers documentation, procedures, compliance, and inspection plans across all of CEMEX’s activities that are subject to local authority air pollution regulation and require ‘Part B’ environmental permits, under the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999 and the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Worcestershire Regulatory Services delivers services including Environmental Health and Licensing services throughout the county.