Carbon management: Scopes 1 and 2 are complete and are under ongoing annual monitoring – by the end of the year this will move to monthly, with a report given to the board.
For our solar energy generation projects, Place UK has installed three solar PV systems. At the moment, we have a larger 250KWh solar generator located on land and in our warehouses, as well as a smaller 30KWh solar generator on our staff dormitories. This way, we are able to reduce CO2 emissions by 80 tonnes per year.
In order to reduce our carbon footprint even further and continue to use clean, green energy, we are currently reviewing a 1000Kwh solar energy generation project. The project is estimated to cost £1 million. This energy could account for up to 32% of the self-generated electricity needed for on-site operations. Saving a further staggering 300 tonnes of CO2e.
We have also completed a reservoir project capable of holding 150.000m3. Of which 50,000m3 have already been collected. Rainfall is collected by a newly constructed multi-span greenhouse, and drainage is collected by a 16 hectare leg-row polytunnel system.
Recycling has been an extremely significant goal for us, especially over the last few years. As such we have taken extra steps to ensure that we meet this goal. Some of the ways we have been doing this are through investing in cardboard and plastic balers.
This has recycled approximately 450 tonnes that would have otherwise been sent to landfill. We have also introduced a brand-new waste scheme on the staff accommodation sites. This encourages further recycling.
Throughout our factories, we use a variety of recyclable packaging and punnets. All of these things ensure that we do our part to create a greener future.