XL Joinery, a market leading supplier of wooden doors and associated products, has been officially recognised and certified as a Carbon Neutral company due to a sustained commitment to significantly reducing its carbon footprint.
The accreditation, which was awarded to XL Joinery by The Carbon Trust, follows a number of initiatives that the company has completed in an effort to reducing its carbon emissions, becoming more resource efficient and to being part of a mission to accelerate a national move to a sustainable, low carbon economy.
Due to a period of sustained growth over the past ten years, which saw a 55% increase in sales orders, it became necessary for the company to look for new premises. When considering the location, XL Joinery evaluated its carbon neutral ambitions before deciding. The new six-acre warehouse and office site in Birstall, West Yorkshire, now boasts maximum warmth with minimum heat loss, which has contributed towards a 46% reduction in gas usage.
Other actions that the company has taken to significantly reduce its environmental footprint include purchasing eco-friendly vehicles, phasing out gas-powered forklift equipment for electrically powered units and re-structuring its Waste Management Programme, segregating and recycling cardboard and low-density polyethylene (LDPE plastics); which has seen a reduction in the total number of skips serviced from five, emptied twice a week, to just one that is emptied once a fortnight.
David Crossley, Continuous Improvement Manager at XL Joinery, commented: “We’re absolutely thrilled with the Carbon Neutral certification and I’m delighted to see that the hard work and commitment of the team has made a real difference. We hold sustainability at the forefront of our business and all our colleagues have collectively embraced our vision and contributed to this accreditation. We will remain committed to reducing our carbon footprint in order to pave the way for a sustainable business.”