Finning makes the switch to 100 per cent renewables
Published: 8 July 2020 - Victoria White
Finning UK & Ireland, exclusive distributor of Caterpillar machines, has made the switch to 100% renewable electricity across all its UK and Irish operations. The commitment to procure green electricity is part of the company’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Finning has achieved its ambition to eliminate all electricity-related greenhouse gas emissions from its operations after signing an agreement to procure Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin (REGO) electricity. REGO is certified by Ofgem (the UK government energy regulator), which guarantees that the electricity purchased through this scheme comes from renewable sources, such as solar or wind power.
Finning is also working on driving down the consumption of energy across the company and has already reduced CO2 emissions of electricity by 30% by installing LED lights, which is projected to reduce electricity usage by a further 50% once the installation of new lighting is fully complete.
The global Finning group, which Finning UK & Ireland is a part of, recently published its sustainability report, which shows how the company is continuously and systematically working on cutting down greenhouse gas emissions and reducing the impact of its operations on the environment. This includes installing sensors and heating control systems to reduce CO2 emissions from heating in all its buildings.
Here in the UK and Ireland, Finning has already started to replace its fleet of service trucks with more environmentally friendly models. So far, the company has replaced 450 commercial vehicles. Moreover, the petrol generators used to power ancillary equipment have been replaced with high-power inverters to charge battery packs and avoid unnecessary engine idling.
“Environmental responsibility is a commitment to continuously learn, grow and evolve,” explained Kevin Davies, Head of Procurement at Finning UK & Ireland. “It’s vital therefore that we continue to explore and implement more sustainable practices across every aspect of our business to improve both our performance and help customers with theirs. This includes adopting new technologies and raising awareness of environmental issues among our staff and customers.”
Source: Industrial Compliance