A responsible business

sustainability-2015

COP 22 talks took place earlier this month, during which governments from across the globe came together to see how they can implement the agreements made last year in Paris.

However it’s not just at an international level changes can be made. Improvements at the local level, and within businesses, can help contribute to achieving the visions laid out in the Paris Agreement.

These international conventions put a spotlight on the importance of working towards more sustainable practice, one of the main areas being reducing carbon emissions. This is something we have been working on for a while now.

Waste heat is now used in the production process and to heat the warehouses and factory, and our BioGas plant has contributed to a reduction in use of natural gas at our Pembridge site by 56% in 2015.

Heat isn’t the only thing we recycle. Last year 85.4% of waste of was diverted from landfill.

But we still have to do better. We are currently working towards a target of 95% of waste leaving the manufacturing sites to be destined for suitable, non-landfill disposal routes.

We also have a commitment to source responsibly, which is why we continue to be certified under BES 6001. To accompany the ‘Excellent’ ratings for Kooltherm and Therma, we added OPTIM-R and TEK to the certification in 2016, achieving ‘Very Good’ for both.

Of course it’s not all about accreditations, it’s about the actions behind them. As a company we pride ourselves on our long term commitment to sustainability and responsibility in all that we do. Without business support it will be harder to materialise the pledges made during COP 22, such as the member action to strive towards 100% domestic renewable energy production.

At our Pembridge site, 100% of our electricity is from a renewable source thanks to the introduction of green energy contracts. It might be on a smaller scale but we know that every change can have a positive impact on our climate.

To read more about our sustainability work, read our 2015 Sustainability and Responsibility Report.

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