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Tata Steel's Catnic business in Caerphilly is reducing its carbon footprint by nearly 50% through a variety of energy saving initiatives and investments.
Jo Ingham, Sustainability and Product Marketing Manager, said: “We’ve switched our electricity to the Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGO) scheme, which provides transparency about the proportion of electricity that comes from renewable sources. This switch means nearly 50% of our energy usage is from renewable sources.”
And the team are working on further ways of reducing energy use at the site - in May, both the factory and the offices transitioned to LED lighting, with a payback period of less than a year.
They have also assessed the potential of installing solar panels on three factory roofs, with the support of UK innovation and knowledge centre, SPECIFIC: Energy Technology Research & Demonstration » Specific (specific-ikc.uk) at Swansea University, which found 10% of the site's electricity could be produced from photovoltaics.
Jo said: "I have been lucky enough to go on the roof of the new hydraulic building in Shotton where they have just installed a new PV array roof system on top of our own Catnic Urban standing seam profiles.” (Video here: https://youtu.be/fQo8Y70cU6w)
Additionally, the Catnic team are investigating Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (HVO) and electric options for onsite vehicles such as forklift trucks and side loaders.
To further demonstrate its commitment to achieving NetZero by 2030, Catnic is now working hard preparing for an ISO 50001 audit, an energy management standard to demonstrate continual improvement in reducing both energy-related costs, and environmental impact.
Jo explained: “It is a tool that helps us to identify significant energy users and put plans in place to continuously reduce their impact.”
More information is available here: Catnic | UK Lintel & Steel Construction Products Manufacturer
Catnic Build it Better
Since its formation in 1969, Catnic has pioneered steel lintel design for house building and become the market leader in the UK. It is now THE brand name in steel lintels. Part of the Tata group, Catnic is based in South Wales and has established itself as a multinational manufacturer, supplying lintels, plastering accessories and metalwork to 60 countries from three European manufacturing sites
Over half a century of Catnic innovation
Catnic has been instrumental in helping to first establish, and then develop, lintel standards in the UK. We were the first company to develop steel lintels and gain both BBA certification and the Kitemark for our products. Following that, we were the first manufacturer to affix the CE mark to our product range, and to achieve the BES 6001 standard for responsible sourcing.
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