The LCRI Convergence Energy Programme offers free support to companies within the Wales Convergence areas, to help develop Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and Equality and Diversity (E&D) strategies.
This allows businesses to improve their corporate image, make financial savings, and improve their compliance with legislation.
Vintage Joinery is an example of one of the businesses who have recently received support from the LCRI. They are based in South Wales and produce bespoke & purpose made joinery. Their services are used by customers throughout the UK and include a range of high quality wood products for new build, period dwellings, listed buildings and retrofit, both commercially and domestically.
After undergoing an environmental audit and implementing new systems, Vintage Joinery has now achieved Level 2 of the Green Dragon Environmental Standard.
Following advice about legislation Vintage Joinery has also applied for an exemption from the Environment Agency that will allow them to re-use the sawdust waste they produce. This will allow them to divert about 1.4 tonnes of waste per annum from landfill, and will save the company about £1500 every year.
Paul Charles of Vintage Joinery said “Working with LCRI has made us more aware of the Environmental Impact our Company had on the environment. They have helped us with an Environmental Action Plan and together we are working to try and reducing our Carbon Footprint. Just by monitoring our electricity and changing our tariffs we are able to save on our electricity bills, further to our cost reduction we are looking at ways to use our wood waste as sustainable energy to help with the heating of the office this in itself will be a massive saving. With the help of LCRI we are working toward the Green Dragon accreditation.”
The Green Dragon Standard is a certified badge of approval for environmental management and a useful marketing tool. Many Welsh public sector organisations (including most Local Authorities, NHS Trusts and Welsh Government themselves) operate a Green Dragon system.
Many environmentally-aware organisations now ask for environmental credentials as part of their tendering process and having Green Dragon in place will help companies to improve their green image and win more contracts.
Matthew Jones, the LCRI’s Environmental Sustainability Officer said "Vintage Joinery have made significant efforts to ensure their impact on the environment has been minimised wherever possible. They've done this whilst maintaining working practices focussed on the highest quality product for their customers. I think it's important those customers, and prospective others, are can have these environmental credentials confirmed by a third-party standard like Green Dragon.”