Zero waste goal

SFS intec has implemented two new initiatives that reduce the environmental impact of its Leeds HQ and production site.

The company, which manufactures the Dynamic hinges range for PVCU, composite and aluminium door-sets, has invested to reduce energy consumption within its premises located close to Leeds city centre.

A new ultra-low energy LED lighting system has been installed that will save 65 tonnes of CO2 per annum, while providing a much brighter and more comfortable working environment.

By removing the 349 original light fittings and replacing them with 155 low-energy LED lights, SFS intec is cutting its annual electricity consumption for lighting by nearly three quarters. The new LED lights allow for customised lighting levels that adapt to the amount of natural light entering the building through rooflights and windows.

The company has also appointed a new partner to help it maximise recycling and eliminate landfill waste. Working with ACM Environmental, new processes implemented right across the site will ensure all the company’s cardboard, dry mixed recyclables, wood, scrap metal and general waste is separated and sent to recycling plants, with none sent to landfill.

Luke Wood, QES manager at SFS intec, who led both sustainability programmes, said: “We’re always looking at utilising new technology, services and processes to ensure we’re operating in a sustainable way, guided by the three ‘P’s of sustainability: people, planet and profit.

“Cutting our energy consumption and waste help us to minimise our carbon footprint and maintain our position as an environmentally sustainable supply chain partner for all our built environment customers. Our next programme is looking at our consumption of gas for heating and to power our air-handling systems and, when implemented, could deliver even further CO2 savings.

“The products we manufacture and supply are often used in low and zero carbon buildings, so it is important for our customers to have confidence that each SFS intec product used is manufactured sustainably. That’s where we add value and give the industry a ‘greener’ choice.”