WILA, a leading manufacturer of quality commercial luminaires based in Oxfordshire, is delighted to announce that its business is Carbon Neutral for the fifth year running. Working with environmental consultancy firm, The Carbon Footprint, WILA achieved the voluntary carbon standard on 23rd November 2011 having successfully offset 166 tonnes of CO2.
WILA first became Carbon Neutral in September 2006 by continually and strictly adhering to the independent assessment guidelines from The Carbon Footprint, which recognises all stages of carbon management including initial emissions and year on year reductions. For this year, the accreditation also includes WILA’s new warehouse facility in Abingdon.
WILA has achieved the standard through tree planting in the South East which has allowed the business to successfully offset the full 166 tonnes of CO2 emissions generated in contribution to this year’s accreditation.
WILA has also introduced a number of initiatives by assessing its carbon emissions and evaluating where these can be reduced and, in line with this, introduced a bike to work scheme earlier this year. On a daily basis, everything from staff travel and printing to recycling systems and luminaire production comes under scrutiny.
Commenting on the company’s achievement, WILA’s marketing manager, Cally Elston said: “As a lighting company we understand the importance of energy efficiency and the resulting benefits to environment and finances. It’s a subject that has been at the forefront of our industry for many years so we feel that our products, as well as our business should be developed with energy in mind – we’re obviously thrilled to have achieved the Carbon Neutral standard again this year.
“Fundamental to achieving carbon neutrality is commitment from staff; we have found our colleagues to be hugely enthusiastic about reducing our impact on the environment. Each and every person in the company is involved with our carbon management so this achievement is something we’re all very proud of.”
Dr Wendy Buckley, director of Carbon Footprint Ltd commented, “WILA has taken a leadership position by actively managing the emissions of its operations, which marks them out in their sector and also to their clients as a responsible business.”
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