Environmental Policy

Policy Statement

Timber from sustainably managed forests is a truly sustainable material and is the responsible and natural choice for many end uses.  We believe that greater use of the wood products which we produce will contribute towards the effective use of the world’s natural resources and thereby help to conserve the world’s reserves of first growth and tropical rain forests.

Timber products are an ideal way to fix carbon reducing greenhouses gases.  Older trees will release carbon dioxide as they decay.  It is therefore essential that we utilise the timber resource effectively to lock away as much carbon as possible.

The timber used our production is derived from sustainable forests which are PEFC Certified or purchased in line with the EU Timber Regulation 2013.

Our production process is carefully planned and closely monitored and the aim is to improve on the present high standards as equipment becomes due for replacement.

We are conscious of our location and try to minimise the impact of our operations on the surrounding rural environment.  In particular, we regard general site housekeeping, maintenance and transport as matters of the highest priority.

Environmental Commitment

We are proud to be manufacturing products from timber, one of the best sustainable building products.  We are fully aware of making best use of the resources available and with timber there are four major processes:

  • Forestry

Growing timber absorbs carbon dioxide, fixes the carbon and releases the oxygen.  As the trees die and decay the process is reversed, so it is important to harvest the trees for timber products to prolong the carbon fixing

  • Sawmilling

Sawing the trees into timber products which fixes the carbon for the life of that product in fencing or building timbers

  • Recycling

Sawn timber products can often be recycled into chipboard where the carbon remains fixed for another period

  • Power

Chipboard products can then be used for generating heat and power finally releasing the carbon back into the atmosphere where the growing forest will again fix the carbon, completing the cycle

The objective is to keep the environment in balance and this principle permeates through many of our policies and actions.

Where sawn timber or finished products are bought in from external suppliers we assess our suppliers to ensure that the timber they use is from sustainable sources and complies with the EU Timber Regulations 2013.

Within the company employees are encouraged to be environmentally sensitive, recycling paper, cardboard and plastic wherever possible. 

Investment has been made into a 350 KWp solar panel system producing a minimum of 35% of our electricity. The remainder of our electricity is purchased from a supplier of renewable energy.

We are committed to improving our transport efficiencies. Where practical company cars are electric and where possible vehicles such as Forklifts will be migrated to being powered by electricity.

Our usage of fossil fuels is being reduced and minimised wherever possible with biomass heating being used within the workshop.

 

January 2024