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Climate change, are we doing enough?

How is R&B Industrial contributing to reducing the impact on the changing climate?

 

Climate change is rapidly becoming the most important single issue that has consequences for every living species on our planet and with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) releasing their report in October 2018; its key message is that we have 12 years to limit global warming to not exceed 1.5°C above pre-industrial temperatures. The observed increase for the decade 2006 to 2015 alone was 0.87°C. To do this, we must reach & sustain net zero anthropogenic emissions & quickly.

Given our species dependency of fossil fuels, this seems like an impossible task and it will take a communal effort not seen since the 2nd world war to stand any chance of succeeding.

R&B Industrial has long acknowledged the need to decarbonise our operations and be mindful of how we use our resources. In the past 5 years we have installed a 20kW/hr array of solar panels to our factory roof which generates more than our annual consumption of electricity. We have converted all of the factory and office lighting to ultra-efficient LEDs & fitted an efficient heat recovery ventilation system.

We are aware that this alone is not enough and are striving to identify other areas where we can save energy & reduce our material consumption.    solar panel office

Transport is our highest source of emission, so to address this, we are in the process of procuring a battery electric van. Four of our staff either walk, cycle or use electric vehicles to travel to work.

Our efforts to reduce CO2 emissions don’t stop at our premises. With the launch of our patented SmartAIR technology, we are now helping our customers to reduce their electricity consumption whilst maintaining the highest level of control of exposure to hazardous materials in the workplace. Many of these systems recover the initial cost within 2 years and are saving many megawatt/hrs of energy.

If you would like advice on how to reduce your Local Exhaust Ventilation’s or dust extraction system’s energy consumption whilst not compromising on its effectiveness, contact us on the above telephone number or email address.  

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