Significant investment was awarded earlier this year to three Saint-Gobain brands as part of the INVEST Carbon Fund in a bid to meet net zero carbon targets by 2050. Entrants suggested ways in which carbon could be reduced from its activities.
Saint-Gobain awarded a combined £650,000 to support the decarbonisation of its businesses. The INVEST Carbon fund is one of two carbon funds available to businesses and employees to suggest ways in which carbon can be reduced from its activities.
Now, the winners are installing sustainable solutions to Make the World a Better Home while improving the health and wellbeing of colleagues across the UK.
Artex: Installation of biomass heating system
Leading distributor Artex in Ruddington, Nottinghamshire secured £300,000 to fund the installation of a biomass heating system to completely replace and decarbonise the site’s diesel and gas heating system.
The biomass heating system will burn wood pellets supplied by a nearby Derbyshire timber company.
The result? A cleaner and sustainable site, a better working environment for colleagues and a huge step on the journey to achieve carbon emission reductions by 2024. It is estimated this improvement will reduce CO2 emissions by 150 tonnes a year.
Jewson Wishaw: Sustainable redevelopment
Builders merchant Jewson has received £250,000 to spend on its Wishaw branch in North Lanarkshire.
The branch is already undergoing a £1.4million transformation to the outdated building to improve the customer and colleague experience. Concrete from the demolished building has been retained and re-used for ground formation. It will be the first green branch in the Jewson network.
The new funds will be used to replace the inadequate domestic heating system with high performing insulation in the warehouse and office, LED lighting, triple glazed roof lights, solar photovoltaics and an air source heat pump to significantly reduce CO2 emissions by 19 tonnes a year. There is even talk of a solar powered coffee machine for customers!
Jewson Civils Frazer: New air source heat pumps
Jewson Civils Frazer, a provider of specialist civils and utility products, has received over £100,000 of funding to replace existing electric heating systems with air source heat pumps in four of its UK sites. The project will be completed by October 2021.
Radiators, small electric heaters and gas heating will be swapped for brand new air source heat pumps at Frazer Dundee, Frazer Bellshill and Jewson Civils Widnes. An existing air source heating system at Jewson Civils Frazer Canterbury will be expanded across the whole site.
The air source heat pumps will provide an efficient and controllable system that improves colleagues’ wellbeing and saves 56 tonnes of CO2 a year.
Saint-Gobain’s zero-carbon roadmap sets out a path for each of its businesses to meet medium term Science Based Targets for 2030 and the ultimate goal of net zero carbon by 2050.