Leading manufacturer Nuaire has become the first British company in the ventilation industry to achieve a second re-accreditation of the Carbon Trust Standard. The company, which designs and manufactures low-energy commercial and residential ventilation products, has again demonstrated its commitment to tackling climate change with this recognition from the Carbon Trust.
This achievement signals significant progress towards carbon reduction over a six year period, and further validates the two environmental awards won by Nuaire in 2012, the National EEF Future Manufacturing Award for Environmental Efficiency, and the Western Mail Go Green Business Award.
Nuaire employs over 430 staff and manufactures over 40,000 products from its 13,000m2 site in Caerphilly, South Wales. Reducing the environmental impact of its operations is a high priority for the manufacturer, which is recognised within the construction industry as a leader in developing innovative, low-energy products that reduce carbon emissions.
In 2009, Nuaire became the first ventilation manufacturer in the UK to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard, having already attained environmental accreditation ISO14001 in 2008. It successfully retained this title when, in 2011, Nuaire was re-accredited for a further two years. Today’s announcement of a second re-accreditation is the culmination of six years of on-going carbon management initiatives and investment into energy-reducing machinery and practices.
Nuaire’s energy policy is overseen by group director Robert Parry and implemented by a dedicated Green Team. In order to attain re-accreditation for a third time, the company undertook a range of proactive energy efficiency and waste reduction measures. Highlighted by the Carbon Trust were the installation of a low-energy lighting system; improvements to insulation of pipework and glazing, and machinery investment into a state-of-the-art £2m sheet metal forming system which has helped Nuaire reduce its energy costs by over £30,000 per year.
Nuaire continues to focus on improving the energy-efficiency of its ventilation products. As a market leader in heat recovery systems, Nuaire continues to promote the environmental benefits of using its energy-efficient ranges. The company maintains its active post as a champion of installation best practice, which includes providing free BPEC installer training to ensure that its low-energy domestic ventilation products are correctly installed and commissioned for optimum energy reduction and performance.
With on-going initiatives to tackle climate change at all levels within the company, Nuaire has worked with its employees to develop a green travel plan for commuters and has recently launched a car-share scheme in conjunction with Sustrans, involving other large organisations that share the same industrial estate. The company is currently working with the Carbon Trust in a pilot scheme to reduce the energy consumption of its Welsh supply chain, effectively closing the loop in its efforts to achieve low carbon impact in all of its production, processes and activities.
Group director, Robert Parry explains: “We are delighted to achieve this second reaccreditation of the Carbon Trust Standard. We take our environmental stance very seriously and have dedicated hard work and significant investment into reducing our carbon footprint by 2.8 per cent against our last audit.
“Within an industry prone to green-washing, we have looked for real, tangible and measurable ways to make a difference both within our manufacturing operations and with our employees and supply chain. Retaining this mark of trust for a further two years is an exceptional achievement and we aim to show other businesses that reducing their carbon usage can not only help tackle climate change but can also make a significant and positive financial impact on the bottom line.”