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.
“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.”
Case Study One
“The use of Atlas Copco’s compressor system audit and equipment upgrade ensured our customer, an award-winning, precision polyurethane moulding manufacturer, achieved two thirds of energy reduction amounting to £14,554 savings per annum together with an estimated return on investment payback of just 1.5 years. The company’s carbon footprint was reduced by 60 tonnes per annum.”
Case Study Two
“When another of our customers, a design-led steel fabrication company, replaced its existing compressor installation with an Atlas Copco unit to sustain the air supply of its state-of-the-art Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining operation, it also gained the benefit of annual energy savings in the region of 51%.”