Low Carbon Pledge....We Are On Track!

In 2018, Heat Merchants Group together with 46 other companies signed up to the Business in the Community Ireland Low Carbon Pledge.

On the 12th June 2019 the first Low Carbon report was launched recording our progress and confirming that we are on track with the Low Carbon Pledge’s commitment to reduce our direct carbon emissions. The report reveals that the 47 Pledge signatory companies have seen an overall emission reduction of 42% between the Baseline Period and 2018 marking significant progress towards achieving a 50% decrease in carbon intensity by 2030. 

 

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As a signatory to the Low Carbon Pledge Heat Merchants Group are pleased to report the actions we are taking to transition to a Low Carbon Economy.

1. In December, we installed a 470 panel Solar photovoltaic system on the roof of our business support offices and central warehouse in Athlone. The installation will generate up to 150kWp of renewable power, and will reduce consumption from the grid by circa 120,000 kWh per annum preventing approximately 80,000kg of harmful carbon dioxide from being released to the environment each year. The installation covers 835m2 of roof area and is expected to generate over 85% of our electrical energy demand at the site.

2. We replaced all light fittings in the 45 locations nationwide with energy efficient LED lighting. This will achieve savings of approximately 667,000 kWh per annum or 447,000kg of carbon dioxide.

3. Over the coming months we will replace four diesel fork lifts with 4 new electric Jungheinrich fork lifts in our warehouse. These high efficiency forklifts will utilise the majority of the approximately 3.75Mwh of surplus power which is currently being generated by the Solar PV system and as a result will deliver an estimated CO2 savings of 67,480kg per annum.

4. In August we will install electric vehicle chargers at our business support office in Athlone and in 2020 we will begin to introduce electric cars into our fleet and will install electric vehicle charge points at our branches. This comes with the intention to change all the cars in the fleet to electric vehicles over the next 4 years.

Alan Hogan, MD of Heat Merchants Group said 'we are committed to doing our part to help Ireland transition to a low carbon economy and this is demonstrated by signing up to the Low Carbon Pledge and by the significant steps we are taking to reduce our environmental impact across our business network'.

In addition to instigating these fundamental changes in how we operate, Heat Merchants provides training on the installation and servicing of domestic solar PV systems and heat pumps to support the introduction of this clean energy technology to the market. Alan Hogan commented: ‘Heat Merchants Group is a key promoter of sustainable energy solutions for both domestic and commercial projects, we provide information, training and support on the most energy efficient solutions available and will provide custom technical designs for both domestic and commercial applications'.