PLASTICS INDUSTRY AWARDS 2016
Rutland Plastics won the ‘Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Programme of the Year’ category in this year’s Plastics Industry Awards.
ENERGY AND CO2 REDUCTION PROGRAMME
In the last few years the company has invested heavily in green initiatives culminating in the 900 (solar photovoltaics) PV panels that are integrated into the specially reinforced roof of the new 30,000 ft2 warehouse facility. The panels total 250kWh with the capacity to generate 25% of demand at peak.
Other initiatives introduced include:
- A Free Cooling system utilising low external air temperature to assist in cooling water. This reduces the need for the chiller operation during times of cooler ambient air.
- Smart lighting combining LED and occupancy motion sensors in areas of irregular or infrequent use, e.g. in the warehouse aisles, corridors and stairwells – using light only when needed.
- Factory roof structures have been fitted to exploit natural daylight, these rely less on artificial lighting and combined with electronic vents allow for better temperature control.
- Application of the latest web-based technology delivering desktop up-to-the-minute energy monitoring across the company’s appliances and green energy generators.