Managing our impact on the environment in a responsible and ethical manner
We know that our work has an impact on the environment and that we have a duty to manage that impact in a responsible and ethical manner.
We do this through identifying all significant environmental impacts and putting processes into place to prevent, reduce and mitigate them. To meet our commitment of protecting the environment, we aim to:
- comply with all relevant environmental legislation;
- operate our business in a way that protects the environment;
- promote environmental awareness to colleagues and enlist their support in improving the Company’s performance with training and instruction;
- minimise waste by making sure processes are as efficient as possible;
- look to reduce energy and water usage;
- promote recycling internally and with our suppliers and customers;
- minimise the environmental impact of our logistics activities; and
- continually develop our environmental management system.
We have a legal obligation to dispose of waste batteries responsibly, and this year we recycled 100% of the batteries we fitted, at no cost to our customer.
All of our batteries are supplied by GS Yuasa. 98% of the raw materials used in their manufacturing process is recycled at the end of life and used again to manufacture new battery products, thus achieving a ‘closed loop’ lifecycle.
GS Yuasa’s manufacturing plants comply with Environmental Management Standard ISO 14001 and they are also at the leading edge of the development of next generation batteries using eco-friendly products such as lithium ion.
Waste batteries are collected from our sites as frequently as once a week by a specialist recycler that is compliant with UK Battery Regulations. These set targets for the recycling efficiency of waste batteries and define the amount of useful material that must be recovered from each tonne of batteries sent for recycling. This year 3,313 tonnes of batteries were recycled on our behalf.
We already ensure that our suppliers give preference to the use of recycled materials in the manufacturing and packaging of our goods. But we want to do more.