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Since 2012 we have been increasing the level of natural daylight in our factory.

Initially we started with our Digital Printing Studio, as this area requires a high level of lighting due to the detailed work that we do there. We were extremely pleased with the results and made a commitment to replicate the results throughout the factory.

It is by no means an easy task, as it requires careful planning. We need to access the roof whilst not impacting on our production areas.  In 2013 however, we completed the latest phase of the project, and replaced another run of the skylights above our main assembly workshop and offices. At the same time we also installed secondary insulation panels to the studio and workshop skylights.

 

CARBON TRUST STANDARD

Benson Signs officially recognised for its carbon reduction programme

We are extremely proud to announce that we have been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard for our commitment and contribution to reducing our carbon emissions year on year.
This is the second time we have been awarded this highly prestigious bi-annual accreditation following a lengthy and rigorous assessment by The Carbon Trust, who concluded that, further to the 5% reduction in our carbon emissions we achieved during the period 2009-2011, we have surpassed this by some considerable margin.  For the period 2011-2013, we have reduced our total carbon emissions a further 7%, based on 2011 figures.  This is despite an overall increase in business activity, which just goes to highlight the significance of the steps we have made.

In the last 3 years, we have:

  • Eliminated up to 40% of our gas consumption through the installation of a 200kw carbon neutral biomass wood pellet heating system.
  • Purchased a 100% zero emission electric Renault Kangoo van.
  • Increased the factory roof insulation.
  • Continued installation of new, clear skylights to our factory roof reducing the need for artificial lighting.
  • Continued the systematic replacement of all lighting throughout the building, to highly efficient LED units, which we manufacture ourselves.
  • Replaced our compressed air system with a new machine that is almost 50% efficient.

We won’t stop there however.  We are constantly looking for novel and innovative ways to improve our business, and our green credentials are just an example of this.  As such we are investigating the potential for:

  • Increasing our biomass capacity with an additional biomass system.
  • Developing our electric vehicle (EV) use to include journeys further afield, taking advantage of the ever-increasing network of EV charging points.
  • Conducting an infra-red thermal image survey of our entire building.

Environment, Health, Safety & Quality Coordinator, Graham Barker said: “This is an extremely proud moment for us.  We have long been walking the walk when it comes to sustainability and innovation. However, with this re-certification to the Carbon Trust Standard, along with our ISO14001 Environmental Management System, we really are in an elite club of highly skilled, innovative and forward-thinking organisations”.

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