We believe being Carbon Neutral is just the beginning.
There are many ways to approach a sustainability or carbon footprint strategy and much is dependent on the activities of that company. The Lanchester Group runs a commercial sustainability strategy which helps us prioritise the biggest impact projects which also make financial sense.
Our operations on the Greencroft Estate are powered by three wind turbines which produce around 5,500,000 kWh (kilowatt hours) of clean, renewable electricity per year. We presently use around 60% of this electricity with the remaining – enough to power x800 three bedroom homes – feeding into the national grid, via our on-site substations, for use locally. A 41 kW solar array on the roof of our office complex is calculated to produce enough clean electricity to cover day-to-day use.
As a business, we continue to make choices about our long-term sustainability which go above and beyond both legislation and common practice. Our first wind turbine project started in 2011/2012, followed by installation of solar panels and ongoing initiatives to our buildings, including additional insulation and LED lighting which uses 20% of the electricity used in conventional lighting.
To date, our sustainability practices at the Greencroft Estate have:
- saved close to 11,750 tonnes of Carbon
- generated enough clean energy to power 60,200 houses
For our latest endeavour we are pioneering world-changing heat pump technology using water from disused mine workings at our warehouses in Gateshead. Working with organisations including The Coal Authority, Environment Agency and numerous academics, we are the first business in the UK to draw heat from disused coal mines – we have capability to draw over 110 litres of water a second.
Our aspiration is to become a thought leader and sharer of best practice. As a privately owned, family business we are in a largely unique position which enable us to experiment and take risks in order to find new solutions, and we want others to emulate our successes – we believe what is good for the environment is good for us all.
We save energy too
All energy is precious, so we work hard to save it too.
Our windows are high tech glass which help us to control the temperature, keeping us cool in summer and warm in winter. We heat and cool the building using air source heat pumps, which extract the heat from the air outside rather than use power. Our lighting is power saving and automatic, turning itself off when a room is not in use to conserve energy.
We keep our transport emission as low as possible. Our fleet includes:
– Volvo low emission vehicles
– Fleet of electric vehicles, charged with wind generated power
– Mercedes Euro 6 rated trucks
We were nominated for the Business in the Community (BITC) ASDA Environmental Leadership Award