Five years of going green at Duraweld

GREEN credentials are sprouting at a Scarborough stationery manufacturer as the results of its five-year environmental management programme are announced.

As well as announcing figures from the programme, Duraweld, based in Salter Road, has released detail of its latest carbon offsetting initiative.

The company’s environmental management programme was launched in 2006, and has been run in-house by the firm’s ‘Green Team’.

Results show that as a result of the scheme Duraweld has reduced:

l gas usage by 44 per cent

l electricity usage by 27 per cent

l water usage by 28 per cent

l A4 paper purchased by 37 per cent

l cardboard boxes purchased by 50 per cent

l number of pallets purchased by 48 per cent

l landfill skips by 75%

l waste for recycling by 20%.

In addition to this Duraweld has also introduced a bicycle user group, the ‘BUG Club’, which provides support and facilities for employees cycling to work, as well as buying hybrid company cars, promoting the use of Skype to reduce the need for face to face meetings, and has engaged students from Cranfield University to research closed loop recycling.

Victoria Pitts, environmental co-ordinator at Duraweld, said: “Since its launch in 2006 we have made fantastic progress with our Environmental Management Programme and I am delighted with the results.

“Our leap of 11 places up the Sunday Times Best Green Company list in 2011, from 39 to 28, has also been a remarkable achievement in the last 12 months, as has the fact that we were mentioned in the Prince’s Mayday Network Annual Report in our first year of membership.

“We also gained a High Scoring New Entrant certificate and jointly won the Carbon Reduction Award via the Yorkshire and Humber BITC Environmental Index.

“Our ‘Green Team’, supported by all of our employees, has made great efforts to achieve this success and we are determined to continue our progress as being an environmentally responsible business.”

For its latest carbon offsetting programme, the company will be purchasing 15 energy efficient stoves for an African-based project managed by offset provider co2balance.

Each stove prevents three tonnes of CO2 from being emitted each year for seven years, and is provided to families in Kenya.

Duraweld, which manufactures folders, ring binders, dividers, z-boxes and wallets, reduced its overall CO2 tonnage by 21 per cent in 2011, and has shown a total of a 36 per cent reduction since the programme began in 2006.