As a business we have been working on a number of initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint.
Our German-manufactured Enercon E48 wind turbine stands 80m tall to the tip. It is estimated that it will produce 60% of the company's electricity and reduce CO2 emissions by 1070 tonnes a year when compared with electricity drawn from the grid.
The turbine was commissioned on 26th April 2012 and is the single largest financially-viable initiative that Philip Dennis could have undertaken to reduce our carbon footprint.
John Dennis said:
"I am delighted that the turbine is now operational and generating power. This will secure precious local jobs, help us stay competitive and therefore ensure that we are able to offer the best prices that we can. Part of our commitment to our customers is to provide unrivaled customer service; we consider caring for the environment as a natural extension of that."
Constructing the Philip Dennis wind turbine
In a drive to reduce our carbon footprint further we have also installed a 220 panelled, 50kw solar photovoltaic array on the roof of our Barnstaple depot.
Other environmental initiatives we are undertaking include:
- Installation of sensor occupancy lighting and energy management systems to reduce electricity usage.
- Working with local suppliers to reduce food miles.
- Recycling of our waste packaging and ink cartridges.
- Installation of Frigoblock fuel efficiency low emission refrigeration systems on our fleet of 60 delivery vehicles.
- The introduction of Euro 5 Specification engines and aerodynamic slipstream bodies to reduce fuel usage.
Our achievements have been recognised by being nominated finalists in the Western Morning News - Best Green Achievement Award 2012 and Devon Environmental Business Initiative (DEBI) - Low Carbon Innovative Business Award 2012.