Bywaters recycling plant cuts total carbon footprint by 12%
Bywaters, one of the UK’s leading providers of material management solutions, has been awarded The Planet Mark™ for Business Certificate for a fourth year after making year-on-year progress in sustainability.
Bywaters operates a major materials recovery facility (MRF) in East London. The facility at the Lea River site reduced its total carbon footprint by 12% to 4,065 tonnes of CO2 equivalent (tCO2e) in 2016, compared to 2015. The reduction easily outstripped the company’s carbon reduction target of 2.5% for that year.
The reduction in carbon emissions was mainly down to an 18% reduction in electricity consumption at the site. It follows the completion in 2016 of London’s largest solar PV retrofit on the roof of Bywaters’ MRF.
Other significant reductions were achieved across fleet diesel and petrol vehicle fuel consumption which resulted in a cut in emissions of 39% and 17% respectively.
The Planet Mark™ Certificate recognises Bywaters’ good practice in sustainability, including:
- measuring carbon emissions from electricity, natural gas, gas oil, diesel, petrol, water and paper
- cutting its total carbon footprint by 12%
- reducing emissions from electricity by 27%
- investing in the Eden Project to support education on climate change
- storing 260 tCO2e by protecting one acre of endangered rainforest through the charity Cool Earth
- committing to engage employees and suppliers to drive improvements.
Energy is Bywaters’ second biggest cost and Bywaters managing director John Glover, said it made economic as well as environmental sense to install the giant solar rooftop array. “In common with effective waste and recycling solutions the adoption of a more sustainable approach to our energy provision has enabled us to realise both commercial and environmental improvements benefiting our business, our customers and the community of which we are part,” he said.
Glover added that Bywaters has also invested heavily in a “fleet of market leading eco-friendly vehicles, which meet Euro 5/6 emission standards.”
Bywaters is committed to cutting its carbon footprint by at least 2.5% in its next reporting period.
Bywaters was recently crowned ‘Champion of Champions’ at the Green Apple Awards for the partnerships it has with Great Ormond Street Hospital, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital, LandSec, and BNP Paribas Real Estate to enhance their environmental performance.