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Our Green Credentials

As a successful business within British Sugar plc, LimeX shares the same values as its parent with respect to sustainability and protecting the environment.

Carbon Footprint

“In 2011, the PAS 2050 carbon footprint of Limex 70, Super 70 and Ecofil70 was certified by the Carbon Trust as being footprint number 4 kg CO2e per tonne of product.”


The fundamental core of LimeX's business is one of sustainability both in its manufacture and its usage. By recycling the limestone used in the processing of the sugar beet at British Sugar's factories it ensures a valuable resource is used in a sustainable way.

British Sugar & the Environment

The British beet sugar industry aims to transform all of its inputs into sustainable products:

  • The sugar beet fibre, after the sugar is extracted, is marketed for high-energy animal feed
  • The final syrups from which no more sugar may be extracted, are used as feedstock for our resin separation and bioethanol plant at Wissington, or is supplied as molasses to the fermentation industry
  • The soil recovered from that adhering to the sugar beet is recycled and sold under the TOPSOIL brand
  • Heat, water and CO2 from the Wissington factory is used to grow tomatoes at British Sugar's horticultural facility

The following illustration shows a schematic overview of British Sugar's sustainable operations - click here to enlarge it.

Factory Flow

More information on British Sugar's environmental policies can be found at www.britishsugar.co.uk

One of LimeX’s unique sustainability benefits is the recycling of valuable plant nutrients which are an integral part of its composition
Benefits of using Limex

Concern over decline of liming

The British Survey of Fertiliser Practice* suggests that the steady decline in agricultural land area receiving lime in Britain appears to be reversing slowly for arable agriculture, but for grassland agriculture it is a differerent and more worrying story – see ‘News and Events’ for more information.

The survey also concludes that this area is still considerably less than that calculated to require liming. In addition, it states the principle causes of acidification have not lessened, and it is reasonable to believe that significant areas of arable land, and more particularly grassland, are at a pH level which could limit productivity.

*Organised and jointly funded by the Fertiliser Manufacturers' Association (FMA), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Scottish Executive Rural Affairs.


Proven over more than 80 years, LimeX is an easily spreadable, high-quality liming material ideal for the correction of soil acidity and general conditioning. It is suitable for agriculture, horticulture, brownfield restoration and the built environment.