The Carbon Trust has officially recognised Hambleside Danelaw, the British roofing products company manufacturing in Inverness and Daventry, for its significant reduction of carbon and energy costs.
Hambleside Danelaw is one of the first SMEs to participate in the Carbon Trust's Carbon Management Programme when previously the initiative had only been available for public sector bodies.
The early precedent was formally recognised with the presentation of a certificate by the Scottish Government finance minister, John Swinney MSP, at a ceremony in Edinburgh to Hambleside's Director of Environment and Quality Standards, Ray Khan.
The Carbon Management Programme enables local authorities, central government bodies, NHS Trusts, higher education institutions, further education colleges, schools and emergency services and now SMEs to manage and reduce their carbon and energy costs by:
Last year, an independent environmental audit found that Hambleside Danelaw had recorded a footprint of just 264 tCO2e in 2010 – 78% lower than the corresponding figure for 2005 and 70% lower than five years ago.
Hambleside Danelaw manufactures a range of rooflights, flashings and valleys from GRP as well as roof, wall and underfloor ventilation products. It has an annual production output of 2 million product units and when the footprint of 264 tCO2e is apportioned over this output, the company's embodied energy unit is just 0.132 kg per unit. The carbon footprint is at a level that is comparable to that of only 45 average UK households.
Ray Khan said,
“While Hambleside Danelaw has been embarked on a journey of significant carbon reduction for a number of years and achieved fantastic results, we have still found the Carbon Management Programme to be a very valuable tool in making further progress. Our aim is to use the experience to cut our carbon footprint even further to reach a target of 85% reduction by 2016.”
Hambleside Danelaw’s environmental initiatives stretch back over ten years and have seen the company heralded with numerous national awards. In 2006, for example, David Cameron presented to the managing director, Chris Avery, a Business Commitment to the Environment (BCE) Award.