Over the last financial year, we’ve confirmed our commitment to enhancing our environmental performance with a number of initiatives aimed at reducing our overall carbon footprint. Having held the ISO14001 accreditation for a number of years we have gradually built up our understanding on environmental issues in general and our own impact on the environment.
Directors John Davison and Bryan Creed decided that they wanted to reduce the company’s environmental impact further and a number of schemes were reviewed. Although a sizeable investment was required it was decided that the installation of solar panels would have the most beneficial impact on reducing our carbon footprint.
Our head office here in Grimsby is completely powered by electricity; when we moved here in 2013 the mains gas feed was removed. 2014 allowed us to get a benchmark for our energy usage and to set quantifiable improvement targets for 2015.
By raising awareness and getting staff on board with a variety of initiatives, we were able to register an amazing 17% reduction in energy usage. Having now gone further and installed solar panels, we have seen a further saving of 27% for the first two months of 2016 compared to the same period last year.
One of the other investments we made during 2015 was to replace all our 14 workshop lights from old style 400kW lights to Luxna 100kW, LED high-bay lighting. These adopt super bright LED as the light source, which is stable and offers a long life with no UV or IR emissions.