Independently assessed as carbon neutral since 2012
What does “carbon neutral” mean?
Being carbon neutral means that TRT offsets the carbon dioxide emissions it generates (scopes 1 and 2 of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol) by its business activities.
All direct emissions from the activities of an organisation, including fuel combustion on site, such as in gas boilers and in its fleet of delivery and other company-owned vehicles.
Indirect emissions from electricity purchased and used by the organisation. These emissions are caused during the production of the electricity that is ultimately used by the organisation.
When evaluating our environmental credentials, the energy consumption during the operation of our luminaires has the greatest impact. Being a 100% LED business, we have harnessed and developed the latest technologies into our luminaires ensuring both longevity of product whilst operating as efficiently as possible throughout its lifetime.
100% of our luminaires are manufactured in our UK-based production facility in Redditch, Worcestershire allowing complete control of our activities and processes. Multi-millions of pounds of investment have seen our Redditch site develop over the years bringing various processes in house. A fully automated environmentally friendly pre-treatment and powder coating facility provides us with maximum flexibility on product colours and finishes plus our dedicated clean room, which houses our state of the art SMT production line producing all LED PCBs used in our products, allows us to closely manage and control our activities and product developments.
Our Waste Management and WEEE
Waste Management has always been, and continues to be, monitored to ensure that we continually improve our resource efficiency and of course reduce our waste accordingly. In excess of 90% of our waste currently generated on site is now recyclable with a target to increase this to over 95% by the end of 2022. In addition to the on-site waste management, we fully understand our end-of-life product obligations in line with the UK WEEE Regulations 2006 and as such ensure we are covered through membership of a registered compliance scheme.
Please see our WEEE Directive page for further information.
Our Electricity Consumption
In line with the FW Thorpe carbon reduction initiatives, TRT has installed solar photovoltaic (PV) units on the roof of our manufacturing site to harness and utilise as much natural energy as possible. The power generated by the PV arrays is distributed across the business providing power to the plant and machinery whilst also charging our fleet of Hybrid and Electric vehicles. In addition to the power generated by our PV arrays, all purchased electricity now comes from renewable sources thus deeming 100% of our electricity consumption to be from renewable energy.
TRT is working tirelessly to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, the use of plastics in our packaging and all cardboard used for transporting our products is made from recycled sources. A “collect and reuse” scheme has also been in place for our packaging for many years whereby we offer the service to collect any spent on-site cardboard for return to TRT to be reused or recycled thus taking the burden away from the client. In addition to our packaging reduction, all installation guides and information is now online only and is accessed via QR code on the product and packaging.
TRT uses its own fleet of delivery vehicles and company cars with 40% now being either hybrid or full electric. TRT has a proactive policy in place to increase this percentage over the coming years.
Our Carbon Offsetting Scheme
TRT is fully committed to minimising the environmental impact of both its manufacturing processes and its products. However, even with the most responsible approach, some carbon dioxide (CO₂) will be released into the atmosphere as an indirect result of factory and selling activities and customers’ use of luminaires. Our ambitious wholly Group owned and managed carbon-offsetting scheme helps to compensate for these emissions.
Please see the Carbon Offsetting project for further information.