Senior invests in sustainability

Glazing systems designer and manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems is making a host of sustainability improvements at its South Yorkshire base to reduce the firm’s fossil fuel consumption and the amount of waste it sends to landfill.

Senior has been granted planning permission from Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council to build a plantroom at its Denaby base, which will house a biomass boiler, buffer tanks and a chipper unit.

Packaging waste and 100 tonnes of waste timber created each year from the company’s operations will be chipped and combusted in the unit, which is expecte
d to be fully operational at the start of next year.
Senior’s 48,000 sq ft warehouse will be heated by the energy created, and the firm is expected to make back £30,000 per year on this investment under the Government’s Feed-In Tariffs scheme.

Senior will also invest in a waste-reducing paint line for its aluminium powder coating service, which will save 22 tonnes of product from being sent to landfill annually.

The new technology, designed in Switzerland, will help to reduce Senior’s powder coating usage by 20%. Following the installation of the line in January, waste powder will be reused rather than disposed of, processes will be faster, and this will help to save thousands of pounds annually.

Meanwhile, two Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid electric cars have been purchased for Senior’s sales representatives and charging points will be installed at the company’s bases across the country.

Mark Wadsworth, director at Senior, said: “These new environmental measures will help us to make robust time and cost reductions, while also making a positive impact on the environment and on Senior’s carbon footprint.

“We make continual improvements to ensure we remain a responsible business, and look forward to the installation and implementation of these brand new sustainability measures.”

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