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Environmentally Preferable Flooring 2012 ProductionThe amount of energy required per m2 of material produced has continued to fall year on year down to 2.84KwHr per m2 representing a 43% drop since 2000. This reduction in energy used has been as a result of hard work on the company's environmental objectives.Energy Efficiency. Less energy to produce than other plastics, at least 15% less energy than linoleum and 50% less energy than ceramics.. Typical life of 20-25 years means fewer replacements so less energy to produce flooring for the life of the building.. Energy consumption in manufacture reduced by over 43% in the last 11 years.. Carbon emissions reduced by 16,410 tonnes since 2000.Energy Saving initiatives1 Installation of automatic shutdown systems to ensure machinery is switched off when not in use.2 The implementation of lighting optimisers has continued across the site, which produces a saving of around 25% on energy used.3 Installation of automatic lighting in the offices.4 The metering and monitoring systems used in the factory for air, steam and all energy consumption has been crucial in identifying areas of leakage, unnecessary use and ways to cut the energy required.Vinyl is exceptionally energy efficient to produce and embedded energy is further reduced when recycled material is used in place of raw materials. PVC has a relatively low carbon footprint, to put this into context it is equivalent in weight to 1 kg of frosted cornflakes, both at 1.9kg CO2. Recycled PVC is just 0.3kg CO2. Here are some other every day examples:. 1kg Lamb = 14kg CO2. 1 kg Cheese = 11kg CO2. 1 kg Aluminium = 10kg CO2Our carbon emissions were reduced by 1,174 tonnes in 2011 and 1,091 tonnes in 2010. The total 16,410 tonne reduction in carbon emissions reported has been independently audited - Polyflor is working with the Carbon Trust's Energy Management programme, which provides commercially viable solutions to help UK businesses and the public sector cut carbon, energy and costs.Two significant contributors to our recent progress have come from the following initiatives at our Whitefield manufacturing site: . The installation of the AirStar system, which reduces compressed air. This has had a massive impact on carbon emissions - reducing our carbon footprint by 20% in 5 years.. Powerstar implemented a voltage optimisation system, which uses a patented triple wound transformer, enabling voltage reduction without compromising supply. From this, results have shown that the site's annual energy consumption has been reduced by 12.8%.16,410 tonne reduction in carbon0809

Water reduction is an important step in improving the environment and protecting natural resources.Water Reduction1011On site, rainwater is collected and stored in a designated area known as 'lodge water'. This is used to substitute mains supply, saving a valuable natural resource. The following steps have been taken to ensure that energy and water usage is greatly reduced:. Optimisation of steam pressure. Improvement of the efficiency of pumps and automatic controls. Regular steam trap surveys. Optimisation of cooling water temperature. Installation of water economisers on toilets Recycled water 96% Mains supply water 4%