In 2007 Thos Storey Fabrications 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 testing of an ‘air-knife’ drying system to replace gas-fuelled drying ovens;
Trials of more environmentally friendly paint systems;
Wide-spread use of movement and daylight sensors on lights;
Investigations into the use of stillaging for supplied products rather than cardboard boxes;
Plotting the electricity usage of current tools and machinery so improved models can be bought in the future; and
The reduction in temperature of domestic water supply.
In 2011 the carbon footprint was 1,341 tonnes per annum.
In order to continue to reduce emissions, it is vital that all stakeholders of Thos 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 Thos Storey’s carbon reduction progress please click on the ‘Contact Us’ link above.
Alternatively, if you would like to begin to reduce your carbon output, please visit the following websites for ideas and/or assistance.
Carbon Action Standard