We have taken our environmental and sustainability obligations seriously for many years. When we started the business back in 1969, ‘going green’ and ‘environmental policies’ were not commonplace. However, when we started manufacturing back in 1983, we did set out to conserve our resources and this meant operating in a more sustainable way. Back then, it cost £8 per day to heat the factories with gas!
Waste is an expensive biproduct of the manufacturing process and if not handled correctly, can have both an environmental impact and cost to the Company. The way we decided to manage that was to turn the waste product into a benefit, by introducing our first biomass boiler at Washington in 1984. The burned waste generated heat that was used to warm the working areas of the Company’s production areas. I’m pleased this continues today, with a total of seven Biomass boilers at Washington and two at Seaton Burn. Our waste does not end up in landfill and our Company is able to limit the cost and environmental impact of waste removal via skips.
Protecting the planet is not something we take lightly. We continue to work on improving our carbon footprint and recently expanded our efforts to include two new, exciting projects with solar energy and rainwater harvesting. We strive to be a positive change and force within our industry and this will continue with our ongoing projects, sustainable sourcing and much more. We all have a responsibility to create a cleaner and greener future for everybody.
Geoffrey K. Oman