Crystal Doors has unveiled a huge sign outside its factory to proclaim its goal to become fully carbon neutral in just two years and to help other organisations do the same.
The Rochdale manufacturer of vinyl-wrapped doors, one of GC Business Growth Hub’s sustainability success stories, has set out a plan to eradicate the climate impact of its direct operations, staff and supply chain by 2022. The goal is more than a quarter of a century ahead of the UK’s national zero carbon target, and 16 years ahead of Greater Manchester’s.
Crystal Doors has already cut its carbon footprint from direct operations and electricity use by a third since 2015 through investments in cutting-edge energy efficient technology, an electric car and a 245kW solar panel system covering its entire rooftop. The factory is now one of around 500 commercial buildings in the country to achieve an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of A+.
Carbon neutral plans
To achieve full carbon neutrality, Crystal Doors is now putting plans in place to purchase the remaining power it requires from 100 per cent renewable sources and engage with its suppliers and customers to make their own improvements. Any remaining carbon emissions that Crystal Doors is directly or indirectly responsible for will then be offset by 2022 through local initiatives such as tree planting. The company has even offset the carbon footprint of every employee, giving a cash reward to those who can demonstrate a lower climate impact each year.
To launch the commitment, managing director Richard Hagan has unveiled a 9m x 3m sign on the external factory wall, where it will be seen by thousands of people a year.
“Our new sign is visible to everyone who travels in and out of the estate so we hope it will start a conversation about how we can all reduce our impact on the environment,” he explained.
‘If a small business can do it, everyone can’
“There’s a perception that doing the right thing is expensive. That’s simply not true. The finance repayments on our investments are covered by the energy savings we make – meaning we are reducing our environmental impact with no impact on our cashflow. If a small business like ours can do it, everyone can.
“COVID-19 has shown us that we’re willing to come together and take drastic action to protect each other in a moment of crisis. We have an opportunity now to not only build back better, but build back greener. We stand ready to play our part in this green recovery and help other organisations do the same.”
Posted under General Interest, Carbon Reduction, Energy Efficiency and Other Manufacturing on 26 August 2020