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Environmental work pays off for DURABLE at UKWA Awards

No matter what industry we work in, we all know how important it is for businesses to be aware of their social and environmental responsibilities.
As a large manufacturer with 5 production facilities across Europe, DURABLE have always exuded a culture of corporate responsibility, long before it became fashionable to do so, in a bid to reduce their carbon footprint and commit to a sustainable future.

What initiatives have DURABLE implemented in recent years?
Low-energy building lighting: At their UK site they have installed low-energy lighting throughout their buildings, first installing low-energy LEDs in the warehouse in 2015 and then upgrading all of the office lighting in January 2017. Over 100 light fittings were replaced which are projected to save 51 tonnes of CO2 over their lifetime.

This investment in low-energy office lighting has reduced energy consumption and therefore reduced energy costs. Electricity used to power the office lights has dropped from 22,831 to 6,610 KWh/year and so the annual spend on electricity has reduced by over 70%. 

Solar Panels: In early 2016, Durable UK installed solar panels. Since then the solar panels have produced enough electricity to power all electrical needs within the building with enough spare to return to the grid.

90,645 kWh of electricity have been generated by the panels since February 2016, the environmental benefits of which equates to:
• 64.1 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions saved
• 8,173,502 smartphones charged
• 22.4 tonnes of waste recycled instead of landfilled

Manufacturing site and process improvements: As far back as 2014, 100% of plastic waste that arose during production was internally recycled. DURABLE use the waste from producing one product to create the raw materials for manufacturing another.

They have also modified production processes so that as little energy as possible is wasted. Waste heat from the production process, compressors and refrigerators, is used for heating the buildings or passed to energy recovery systems.

In addition, energy-saving lighting is used throughout all 5 of their production and distribution facilities.

UK Recycling: As part of the company’s CSR commitment they are always striving to reduce waste and increase their recycling year on year. Since 2016 they have seen a 6% reduction in general waste and increased recycling by 121%.

The team have also returned 64,785 kilos of Euro Pallets from the UK warehouse back to their production sites to allow them to be re-used and redistributed across Europe.

The reward
All of this hard work and dedication was recently recognised at the prestigious 75th annual UKWA awards in June where DURABLE were awarded the ‘Environmental Award’ for 2019.


The ‘Environmental Award’ is given to the company that best demonstrates a commitment to sustainability and the most successful application of energy efficient processes aimed at cost savings and/or carbon reduction

Kate Robson, Sales Manager at DURABLE UK said: “It was a pleasure to join in the celebrations of the UKWA’s 75th-anniversary awards. We are thrilled to win the ‘Environmental Award’ in which we demonstrated how we strive to make changes across our entire supply chain and help protect our world in the future.”

To find out more about the changes that have been and continue to be made at DURABLE UK, head over to https://www.durable-uk.com/company/sustainability.html
www.durable-uk.com / 01202 893 799
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