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Hambleside Danelaw reports sharp reduction in its carbon footprint


An independent assessment has found that the environmental award-winning building products manufacturer, Hambleside Danelaw, slashed its carbon footprint by over 20% during 2007.

The highly respected consultancy, dcarbon8, measured the carbon footprint of the company’s two factories at Daventry and Inverness which manufacture roofing and ventilation products and it calculated that the total footprint for both sites had fallen from 887 to 698 tonnes CO2e. Total carbon footprint per employee, which takes into account commuting to and from work, also decreased.

By far the largest sources of emissions were energy for the factories and travel, although the assessment report acknowledges that the location of one of Hambleside’s factories in the Scottish Highlands offers a real challenge in terms of securing fewer emissions in relation to transportation. To tackle energy-associated emissions which fell at both facilities, the company has switched its electricity supplier to the Inverness factory to one that uses renewable energy sources.

Regarded as a sector market leader in recycling, Hambleside Danelaw has made significant progress in reducing waste from its manufacturing processes. Emissions associated with waste were a relatively small 22 tonnes CO2e in 2007.

The Group is working closely with dcarbon8’s experts to constantly source further improvements in sustainability performance. As a result of its efforts, it has gained Planet Positive certification which signifies that a business is making annual reductions to its carbon footprint and is offsetting the remainder by 110%.

Commenting on the assessment’s findings, Hambleside’s vice-chairman Robin Jeffery said: “It is very encouraging to show specifiers and clients independent evidence that our environmental initiatives are paying off. As a continuation of our efforts, we are currently making great progress on recycling waste GRP and we expect to make further announcements in the run-up to our exhibiting at Ecobuild next March.”

Hambleside products selected for Sustainable Building Centre

Hambleside Danelaw is proud to announce that its underfloor ventilator and airbricks range have been used at the £3.2 million Wolseley Sustainable Building Centre at Leamington Spa, the UK’s first commercial showcase for sustainable products and construction methods.

The Group has also extended its warmest congratulations to dcarbon8 as the winner of Best Micro-Organization, one of the three ‘grand prix’ awards for the UK Green Business Awards. dcarbon8 also received a special commendation in the Best Business Services Company category.

The expert judge panel paid particular credit to dcarbon8’s expertise in the built environment. As a specialist in this emerging field, dcarbon8 has recently been commissioned to carry out carbon management for Masdar City, Ebbsfleet Valley of the Thames Gateway with Land Securities, and a series of key developments in the Victoria Harbour area of Sydney, Australia with Lend Lease.

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