We are delighted to announce that we produced our one millionth kWh of electricity in June 2022. One million Kilowatts is also known as a Gigawatt. A Gigawatt hour is enough to power around 750,000 homes for an hour with the average UK home using around 3000 kWhs of electricity per year. We installed a 900 solar panel installation on our warehouse roof space a few years ago and these panels have the capacity to generate approximately 20% of our electricity demand at their peak.
In addition to generating our own solar electricity all of our purchased electricity is through the Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGO) scheme. Not only do we source our electricity through sustainable methods we also aim to reduce the amount of energy we consume overall. We achieve this through the use of a free air cooling system, smart lighting, daylight factory roof structures, barrel jackets fitted to all moulding machines, real time energy monitoring system and continuous investment in new more energy efficient moulding machines.
Furthermore, we are committed to reducing waste by ensuring that all plastic waste that can be recycled is either recycled on site or through the use of off-site partners. We have also drastically reduced paper waste through implementing ePayslips, cloud based storage and document management. To demonstrate our commitment to the environment, Rutland Plastics has held ISO14001:2015 in Environmental Management for several years now and we became a member of the Made in Britain Green Growth Programme earlier in the year with the aim of becoming more sustainable, fit for the future and focused on achieving the UK's COP 26 targets which includes net zero by 2050.
We recognise that our sustainability efforts are one of continuous improvement. What happens when we get to 1.21 gigawatts - it might take us back to the future (Google it!).