First of all, Mumford & Wood is taking a proactive stance to address the company’s contribution to climate change. In doing, so we have committed to the Carbon Smart programme and have achieved Silver certified acknowledgement of manufacturing and commercial standards.
“Being Carbon Smart means taking an intelligent and flexible approach to reducing our carbon footprint,” says Mike Harris, operations director. “Indeed our certification demonstrates the practical actions we have taken to actively reduce our environmental impact and our commitment to customers, staff and supplier in our everyday actions.”
In assessing the company’s carbon footprint, and to ensure that savings and efficiencies being put in place now are being accurately calculated, all
aspects of the company’s actions have been and will continue to be evaluated. The treatment of waste, electricity consumption, staff engagement,
consumables, vehicles and travel, marketing and data management have all been taken into consideration.
The company’s carbon footprint for the 12 months January to December 2014 calculates a carbon footprint of 888 tonnes CO₂e of which electricity generation, transmission and distribution has accounted for almost 70% of the total score. To understand the magnitude of this Mumford & Wood’s carbon footprint would fill a London double-deck bus 4,836 times a year.
“We have to make positive steps in reducing, for example, our electricity usage,” continues Harris, “and we are planning a PV installation which will help instantly towards our carbon reduction target. Other items essentially under review are fleet travel and waste management.”
In addressing fleet travel it is well established that 20% of UK emissions are generated by vehicles. However, Mumford & Wood is working with card
fuel provider Allstar, and their partner Forest Carbon, who together are creating new UK woodlands funded by a small monthly sum levied against
each vehicle on the company’s fleet. These new woodlands are quality assured by the Government’s Woodland Carbon Code. The woodlands will not only
capture CO₂e generated from vehicles – with each new tree absorbing up to 2kg of CO₂e per annum and a quarter of a tonne in its lifetime – and
will contribute in so many other ways in the preservation of the environment and natural habitat.
“We get a huge benefit out of our core activity in manufacturing and supplying our energy efficient windows and doors that, once delivered and installed, store carbon for at least 60 years. It has been calculated that last year alone some 274 tonnes of CO₂e was embodied in the timber we used in our manufacturing process, and this will be offset against that which we made,” says Harris. Finally the company aims to improve its Carbon Smart certification to Gold standard over the next 12-24 months.