Whilst the main focus of the last 12 months has been on keeping its workforce safe during the pandemic and meeting the high demand in the marketplace, PVCu systems manufacturer Liniar has also continued to drive forward its Climate Change Agreement (CCA) targets.
April 2021 saw the latest audit of Liniar’s ISO 14001 accreditation which highlights the progress made to date – and the results show Liniar a staggering 53.95% ahead of its CCA target in Q1 2021!
Liniar first signed a Climate Change Agreement with the Environment Agency in 2018 as part of the Government’s Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme. As part of this, the industry-leading systems company implemented a comprehensive Environmental Management Policy and achieved ISO 14001 accreditation that same year.
Carbon reduction efforts
To ensure its carbon footprint continually shrinks, Liniar put into place a phased plan of action. This included:
- Replacing machinery with new, more energy efficient versions – both in its extrusion hall and lamination facility.
- Installing heat pumps with metering and controls to manage heating more efficiently and cut out the use of fossil fuels and electricity.
- Replacing incandescent bulbs with more energy-efficient LED bulbs throughout the facility.
- Modernising the Liniar fleet – with HGVs converted to Euro 6 engines and hybrid and electric cars replacing diesel company cars.
- Underground water recycling of approximately 4 billion litres of water annually.
- Continuing the focus on recycling scrap PVCu into the outdoor range, which Liniar has been pioneering since 1993.
- Implementing new recycling initiatives and creating new products manufactured to use recycled PVCu.
Prior to the ISO 14001 audit in April 2021, all items on the phased plan of action had been achieved, with more activities planned for the coming years to further reduce Liniar’s carbon footprint and result in an even greener systems company.
ISO 14001 Audit Results
At the end of the target period of Liniar’s Climate Change Agreement, Liniar’s facility has achieved a cumulative Specific Energy Consumption (SEC) of 1,618.97 kWhp/tonne, compared to a target of 3,513.028 kWhp/tonne. This puts Liniar ahead of its period target to reduce its carbon footprint by almost 54%, saving 20,410 metric tonnes of carbon!
“Sustainability and reducing our impact on the environment is something we’re incredibly passionate about at Liniar,” comments Group Managing Director Martin Thurley.
“We’re extremely proud of the audit results and have even more plans in place to continue our good work in the future. Our progress to date has been a team effort and we look forward to making more adjustments to further limit the carbon emissions from our manufacturing operations.”
For more information about Liniar’s sustainability practices, visit www.liniar.co.uk/sustainability