Over the last few years, Make UK members have been working hard to cut their emissions and save energy. Here we bring together their inspiring stories of how they have achieved this through a mix of small, low-cost steps all businesses can take to those companies which have overhauled their operational processes completely with amazing results
AJ Wells & Sons Ltd.
“AJ Wells & Sons Ltd stoves are among the most environmentally friendly appliances available on the market, using the very latest combustion technology. They are designed to last and we ensure that spare parts are available so that they can nearly always be repaired.
The use of solar PV system installed on our roof creates a yearly reduction of 36.8 tonnes of CO2 per year. By monitoring our half hour data, we are able to identify usage outside of working hours. By ensuring machines and compressors are turned off during these times we have achieved annual savings of over £7000.”
“David Nieper is leading the fashion and textiles industry’s net zero journey- through pioneering the development of an industry wide eco-labeling scheme which illustrates carbon emissions from the main element of production of any garment."
“By taking advantage of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Crystal Doors generated £60,000 worth of heat, enough for our factory and our offices. Dedicating 10% of our turnover over 5 years enabled us to invest another £1 million in assets, training and other improvements. This may sound a significant outlay but most of these investments are actually cash flow neutral or positive. As a result of our low-scale environmental initiatives, we have reduced our carbon footprint by over 75% since 2015 and will become Net Zero in less than 2 years.”
“Connected Energy and Recycling Lives’ new truly circular economy ‘loop solution’ will extract the maximum value from End of Life Vehicles (ELVs), reduce waste to landfill and produce power and green vehicle fuel from the hard-to-recycle material, benefiting the business, the wider community and the environment.”
“Siemens UK NetZero programme is delivering decarbonisation goals with clear leadership direction backed up with data driven decision making. Applying the collective expertise of Siemens and the practical implementation of technologies, Siemens UK are on track to achieve 78% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030.”
“Bidbi print cloth bag manufacturer have seen an increase in the interest for ethical and sustainable materials from our customers. Our ethical and ecological business model has ensured the rise of our Fairtrade and Organic projects, which now make up 36% of our product range are is on the increase”.