Production tweaks help Foster gain carbon accolade

Foster claims to have become the first commercial refrigeration manufacturer to retain the Carbon Trust Standard.

The company has been recertified with the Standard for successfully measuring, managing and reducing carbon emissions across its manufacturing operations.

All Foster UK manufacturing operations at its King’s Lynn HQ, including the service department, were included within the certification.

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During the two-year recertification period, the Carbon Trust has certified that Foster reduced its organisational carbon footprint by 14% relative to the output of cabinets sold.

Foster Refrigerator was initially awarded the Carbon Trust Standard in 2009. Since then the company has honed its energy efficiency strategy in order to drive further improvements.

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 the Carbon Trust Standard, organisations must measure their direct carbon footprint —comprising emissions generated from onsite fuel and electricity use, for example — then prove that good carbon management practices are in place, and demonstrate genuine reduction in their emissions over a three-year period.

To achieve recertification, Foster introduced a number of changes including the implementation of LED lighting in factory and office areas and the switch from shrink wrapping products to stretch wrap, eliminating the use of propane as a heat-shrinking medium.

The company also introduced ‘Manufacture at Rate of Demand’ (MRD) systems, which are designed to reduce product movement and storage requirements to the absolute minimum.

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