With climate change widely recognised as a clear and present threat to the planet, there is a growing consensus that a financially justifiable low energy path is the best route to a sustainable future.
The big challenge is how businesses can decarbonise and mitigate the effects of climate change so that our built environment can remain resilient.
One way to achieve this is to manage our assets effectively and a good way to do that in the HVACR sector – as in many others – is to gain recognition through accreditation.
ISO 4001 certified: increasingly common among environmentally enlightened businesses, ISO 4001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system.
It provides a systematic approach to environmental management, setting out how to implement policies that protect the environment and how to respond to changing environmental conditions.
Sedex supply chain visibility: a less common form of endorsement, Sedex is just as important. Essential for sourcing responsibly and tackling issues including as sustainability, Sedex enables businesses to understand their entire supply chain in order to identify and address the risks to human and environmental rights present within it.
Indeed, supply chain visibility is the foundation of responsible sourcing. It allows companies to identify, mitigate and prevent risks, helps them comply with legislation, and supports human and environmental rights due diligence efforts.
SafeContractor scheme: LH has also been granted a third accreditation related to sustainability. As a member of the SafeContractor scheme, LH helps create a more sustainable workplace by to demonstrating health and safety competency and increasing the transparency of its supply chain to minimise the impact of vulnerabilities and disruptions.
This includes increasing the emphasis on eradicating modern slavery in supply chains, adhering to environmental obligations, meeting social value through local suppliers, and ensuring its suppliers are financially secure.
Recycle, re-use and save energy
LH’s laser sharp focus on sustainability does not stop with its membership of progressive organisations and programmes. The company also has an extensive recycling programme to reduce its reliance on raw materials, and has recently replaced all its lighting, including that in the factory, with energy saving LED lights.
Furthermore, LH has adopted a policy of only buying electric company vehicles (which emit fewer greenhouse gases and air pollutants than petrol or diesel cars) and is in the process of installing charging points for these.
Finally, the company has significantly reduced its carbon footprint by investing in a bank of 136 solar photovoltaic panels producing 49kW of clean, free, renewable energy which can be used by the factory or exported back to the electricity grid depending on consumption requirements.
All these initiatives help LH to conserve natural resources, reduce demand for raw materials, save energy, and reduce carbon emissions.