National Windscreens has taken steps to further its environmental and sustainability objectives across its business, analyzing details to minimize carbon emissions. A focus on environmental, sustainability and governance (ESG) is playing out across the United Kingdom economy, not least against the backdrop of the upcoming COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.
“ESG is at the forefront of our operations, particularly with regards to energy efficiency, and we are increasingly focused on sustainability together with our impact on the environment,” says Elaine Duffy, compliance manager at National Windscreens. “During the last 12 months we have put in place a stringent, new glass recycling policy and an environment safe waste policy across National Windscreens. This covers virtually every aspect of our operations.”
The company moved to become a ‘zero landfill’ company in relation to its waste in 2018.
“In 2020 we undertook an audit of our waste streams to identify areas of improvement,” Duffy says. “One of our early findings was that we could significantly reduce the use of polythene tubing, and we continued to maintain and grow our excellent work on recycling and green initiatives.”
This year, National Windscreens’ targets are being met to gradually replace staff vehicles with new hybrid or electric-powered vehicles, Electric vehicle charging points have been installed across the company, with the most recent being at its distribution and contact center.
“We identified that a significant aspect was the use of fuel in company vans and other vehicles,” Duffy says. “As well as cascading to electric vehicles for company cars, route planning for booked jobs ensured that fuel consumption was kept to the lowest possible figure whilst still meeting customer expectations.”