Environmental Sustainability

'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'. Alan Hogan, Managing Director

Solar PV installation on the roof of the central warehouse & distribution centre in Athlone

Low Carbon Pledge

In 2018 Heat Merchants signed up to The Low Carbon Pledge – the first dedicated public commitment generated by Irish business to lead on the transition to a low carbon economy and reduce Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions intensity by 50% by 2030.

We have committed to making sustainability a central priority to help Ireland transition to a low carbon economy and achieve its international commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement.

We have committed to

  • Record all Scope 1 and Scope 2 Carbon Emissions
  • Reduce the amount of Scope 1 and Scope 2 Carbon Emissions Intensity
  • Report (1) Individually through an Annual Report or Website or other publically available equivalent source and (2) Collectively through an Annual BITCI Low Carbon Report
  • Review year-on-year Scope 1 and Scope 2 Carbon Emissions with the aim of showing continuous improvement

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 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.

Our Sustainability Progress

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'.

Solar PV Installation

In December 2018, 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.

Lighting

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.

Fork Lifts

Diesel fork lifts have been replaced with four new electric Jungheinrich fork lifts in the distribution centre was taken to support the company's commitment to reducing carbon emissions. 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.

Installer Training on Clean Energy Technology

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'.