Williams Refrigeration claims to have set new standards in greener manufacturing for the catering industry by massively overhauling some of its internal processes.
Kings Lynn-based Williams says it has realised seven key environmental objectives that it set out to achieve after gaining an environmental ISO certification.
This includes a 44% reduction in packaging, a 37% reduction in energy consumption and a 30% reduction in waste produced – the latter of which has resulted in the company achieving ‘zero to landfill’ status – in the space of just three years.
“When we first attained the environmental certification ISO14001 in 2009 we set ourselves the seven objectives to achieve by 2015, as part of our Greenlogic initiative,” says Martin Laws, marketing manager at Williams. “To have met them in only three years has taken a huge team effort and we are very proud of the success.”
Alongside the objectives on waste, energy and packaging, Williams has phased out the use of VOCs, abated its emissions from foam gas, pioneered the use of green refrigerants, and reduced and promoted the recycling of consumables.
“The ethos of our Greenlogic initiative is to ensure we apply environmental considerations to every part of our operations – from the development of greener refrigeration for our customers through to our manufacturing and sales operations,” explains Laws.
“We are continuing the process, whether it be by replacing hand towels with energy-efficient air dryers, investigating the most environmentally efficient methods of waste management, or launching low-energy products.”