Foster Refrigerator has claimed to have raised the green bar higher for commercial refrigeration with the release of its second CSR (corporate social responsibility) report, detailing independently verified carbon footprint improvements and waste reduction.
Two years ago Foster claimed to be the first European company in commercial refrigeration to set its own robust environmental targets. Now the company says its slogan of ‘working today, protecting tomorrow’, is paying off, with independent verification to back up its claims.
Paul Veried, Vice President, Refrigeration and Weigh, Europe, part of the Foster steering group which created this second report, said: “Our first CSR report set out in real terms how we planned to make our business as sustainable as possible, and this second report shows us how we are meeting these challenges and planning for the future. The nature of a manufacturing business means it carries with it a certain environmental impact, and therefore it is our responsibility to ensure we are doing things right. We see ensuring best practice in every aspect of production as key to making sure we keep this impact to a minimum – throughout our entire supply and production process, right through to our customers, with products which run as efficiently as possible.”
The report focuses on four themes: Climate Change, Sustainability, Social Responsibility and crucially, independent verification. Foster’s activities and procedures adhere to ISO standards, which are audited by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance and which are endorsed by the Carbon Trust. Mr Veried added: “It is vital that our assessments and practises are audited for them to remain credible, we are not interested in greenwash in our business.”
Among the achievements claimed in the report are:
- More sustainable manufacturing: new low carbon production line.
- Reduced carbon footprint: 64 per cent reduction in C02 emissions per cabinet produced.
- Significant waste reductions: cardboard waste cut by 56 per cent; general waste by 72 per cent; chemical waste by 82 per cent.
- End-of-life improvements: Up to 98 per cent of products are recycled or reused – minimising landfill and element deterioration impact
- Local sourcing: 51 per cent of components sourced from within a 35 mile radius of Foster’s UK factory
- Energy Efficiency The EcoPro G2 Refrigerator (EP700 H) is cheaper to run than a traditional light bulb, costing a claimed £65.30 over 12 months. Foster currently offers customers free energy monitors to quantify the energy consumption of their cabinets, to prove this claim