Walker Filtration | Taking Steps Towards A Sustainable Future
How we are reducing our carbon footprint and working towards a sustainable future
Posted on April 22nd, 2021
At Walker Filtration we are proud to play our part as a business to help reduce carbon emissions and drive positive change toward a more sustainable future.
Global climate change has already had observable effects on the world. The Earth is warming, rainfall patterns are changing, and sea levels are rising. All of which are causing far-reaching problems across the globe. In 2019 business accounted for nearly 18% of UK net carbon dioxide emissions (2019 UK greenhouse gas emissions, provisional figures). At both our Global HQ and International divisions we are working to minimise the environmental impact of our business.
In this blog we will look at the changes we are making across our offices.
Sustainable Energy: Solar Panels
The good weather is on its way here in the UK, and that means more energy produced by our brand-new Solar Panel Array! Installed in March 2021 by local company Engenera, the array is made up of 1,630 solar panels and covers both east-facing gables on the roof of our HQ. It was estimated that this process will deliver a carbon saving of 235,044kg CO2 per year and reduce our electricity usage by 30%.
UPDATE: As of January 2022, we have generated 365,690Kwh of solar energy since May 2021, surpassing the estimated CO2 saving by 36% in less than 12 months.
Our US office has also launched an investigation into solar panel installation at their site.
Energy Saving LED Lighting
Did you know that lighting accounts for almost 5% of all global CO2 emissions?
To further reduce our electricity usage, we have replaced all 900+ of our halogen and fluorescent-tube lightbulbs at our Global HQ with new, energy-efficient LED panels and spotlights.
Stuart Wilson, Walker Filtration’s Safety and Facilities Officer, commented; “This is a great change and one that I was excited to see implemented as we invest in a sustainable future. LED lighting has been put in place to save energy, upgrading to LED lighting can achieve energy savings of 50-70%+ compared to older technologies. It also helps to reduce the environmental impact of mercury leaking from discarded Fluorescent Tubes and polluting the environment.”
Our US office has also changed to LED lighting, and all divisions promote energy saving by requesting staff turn off their computers and electronics at the end of each workday.
Electric Car Charging
Another recent addition at our Walker HQ is the installation of an Electric car charging bay. Several of our employees have already made the switch to electric and hybrid cars, and we wanted to support this by offering on-site charging. The current charging network consists of one Project:EV charger, which is able to charge two EV or PHEV cars. We are also working on plans to scale up our EV charging facilities in the coming months.
In addition to these changes, we are increasing the availability of on-site recycling across our divisions and working towards reducing cardboard and plastic waste in our packaging process.
While we are happy with the progress we are making to reduce our carbon footprint, there is still more that we can do. We are always looking at ways to make Walker Filtration greener in every aspect of the company.