At AB Glass, we pride ourselves on our continuous efforts in the reduction, reuse and recycling of materials in all departments of the company.
We exclusively use paper from a sustainable source at a thickness of 80gsm or less in a further effort to reduce our consumption of energy and target one of our main areas of waste. Further to this, wherever possible, we also use double sided printing and reuse scrap paper for internal memos. The primary office printer/photocopier is from Xerox’s energy star range which is superior in energy efficient office equipment. They currently run an empty cartridge return scheme from which 90% is reused.
We are continuously seeking out the most effective, ecologically friendly suppliers to meet our range of demands, from waste disposal to companies in our supply chain. Our main supplier of aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling is Kawneer, the market leaders in the use of recycled materials. 100% of their billet is reused through various media and is not impaired by the process which allows them to maintain the supply of superior quality products with only 5% of the initial energy being needed to recycle waste materials. We have also taken on projects complying with BREAAM scheme whereby we make sure that 80% of our supplier material is recyclable.
We have also decided to take a huge leap forward in sourcing sustainable energy; we have invested in a solar panel array which has been installed on the roof of the A B Glass premises. By doing this we can potentially power our whole building and sell the surplus energy we generate back to the National Grid. A SMART meter has also been installed to allow the real-time monitoring of the electricity usage within the factory and offices. Having such facilities will allow the company to make reductions in its electricity usage. At AB Glass, we also pride ourselves on our in-house recycling rate. In 2016, 95.99% of our waste was recycled. We strive to continue to achieve this in-house recycling rate.
AB Glass will continue our search for more sustainable materials, and strive towards a more eco-efficient office environment with goals set and reviewed on an increasingly frequent pattern.