Our target is reduce our relative carbon footprint by 5% year on year
In 2007 Thomas Storey Fabrications Group made a formal commitment to reduce its emissions and therefore negative impact upon the environment. In order to assess the current situation at that time a project was undertaken, alongside the Carbon Trust, to calculate the carbon footprint.
The carbon footprint in 2007 was 1,834 tonnes per annum.
A ‘Carbon Reduction Team’ was established to look, in an ongoing style, at projects that could be implemented that would benefit both the Company and the environment. Project ideas have ranged from the very easy and cheap (signs on light switches to turn off after use, plunger taps fitted in washrooms to reduce water) through to more complex and expensive (old-style welding sets being replaced with new power-efficient models, long-term paint trials embarked upon to find paint that dries faster, at a lower temperature and with less solvent content).
Current projects include:
- The systematic replacement of all lights in the factory to energy-efficient LED lights – the new lighting system uses an average of one-third of the electricity of the old, traditional high-bay lights;
- Trials of more environmentally friendly paint systems;
- Alterations to the drying and baking ovens so that they use less gas.
- Investigations into the use of stillaging for supplied products rather than cardboard boxes; and
- Plotting the electricity usage of current tools and machinery so improved models can be bought in the future.
In 2013 the carbon footprint was 1,536 tonnes per annum, and in 2014 it reduced down to 1,420 tonnes – a target-beating saving of 8%!
In 2015 however our footprint remained at 1,420 tonnes.
Our target for 2016 is to focus on electricity usage and see where reductions can be made.
In order to continue to reduce emissions, it is vital that all stakeholders of Thomas Storey, including both customers and suppliers, do all they can to help make this possible; packaging on delivered goods should be reviewed, coatings on finished products could be amended, methods and timings of deliveries could be examined and so on.
If you would like further information on Thomas Storey’s carbon reduction progress please contact us.
Alternatively, if you would like to begin to reduce your carbon output, please visit the following websites for ideas and/or assistance.