Our environmental promise
As part of our environmental promise, we have pioneered a number of initiatives within the motor trade aimed at reducing our environmental impact.
We are one of the only motor groups in the country to introduce energy awareness training for our staff. These sessions demonstrate how to reduce energy consumption both at home and in the workplace. By informing our staff on these issues, we aim to achieve a 5% reduction in our energy use.
We will shortly be installing our 5th photovoltaic system to the roofs of our showrooms to harness solar power. Where already in place, these systems are providing power for 30% of our daily electrical use.
Our new build showrooms are leading the way in terms of energy efficiency, with our latest being awarded an A energy rating and BREEAM (Building Research EstablishmentEnvironmental Assessment Methodology) sustainability rating of 'Very Good' - something almost unheard of in the motor industry.
In addition, on all new builds and some of our larger existing sites via retro-fit, we've introduced a new BMS (Building Management System) which controls heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting leading to a 20% saving in energy usage. This very system saw us shortlisted for the 'Yorkshire Post Environment Awards' in the 'Built Environment' category.
We are in the process of rolling out a entirely new showroom lighting and compound floodlight system utilising more energy efficient LED bulbs, which when complete in 2017 will further reduce our energy consumption.
We actively support the Environment Agency (EA) policies in the safe disposal of waste products created when carrying out certain work on vehicles that come into our workshops. All waste is removed and disposed of using an approved method by licensed carriers, whilst tyres and waste oil are recycled for building products and fuel.
All paper, cardboard and plastics are recycled at our sites, leaving only a small amount of general waste going to landfill each year. We are working on this figure, to get landfill waste down to the very least amount possible.