Foster has become the first refrigeration manufacturer to retain the Carbon Trust Standard
Foster Refrigerator has been recertified with the Carbon Trust Standard for successfully measuring, managing and reducing carbon emissions across its manufacturing operations.
All Foster UK manufacturing operations at Kings Lynn, including the Service Department, were included within the certification.
During the recertification period (2009 to 2011) the Carbon Trust has certified that Foster reduced its organisational carbon footprint by 14.3 per cent relative to the output of cabinets sold.
Foster Refrigerator was initially awarded the Carbon Trust Standard in 2009. Since then the company has honed energy efficiency strategies even further, resulting in an improvement in carbon efficiency of operations by over 14 per cent in the last two years.
Steve Denton, Health, Safety and Environment Manager at Foster, said: “The Carbon Trust Standard is the de facto mark of commitment to carbon reduction.
“By retaining the Carbon Trust Standard we’ve proved that by measuring energy usage, engaging staff, and encouraging new ways of thinking and working, we can significantly reduce our environmental impact.”
To achieve recertification, Foster Refrigerator introduced a number of changes including the implementation of LED lighting in factory and office areas, saving on average 70 per cent of energy usage and completed its switch from shrink wrapping products to stretch wrap, eliminating the use of propane as a heat shrinking medium.
The company introduced Manufacture at Rate of Demand (MRD) systems at its King’s Lynn production facility which promotes the most efficient manufacturing environment and reduces product movement and storage requirements to the absolute minimum.
Darran Messem, Managing Director of Certification at the Carbon Trust, said: “Having a focused, sustained approach to reducing an organisation’s carbon footprint can deliver major dividends in terms of cost efficiency and reputational benefits.
We congratulate Foster Refrigerator for its continued efforts in finding ways to improve the environmental performance of its operations.”