Actions we have taken towards our sustainability target
National Flexible recognises the need to work in a sustainable manner along with our other social and environmental responsibilities. To this end, we are, wherever possible, developing our working practices to enable us to improve our business management in these areas.
We are currently awaiting commencement of our warehouse extension. This includes additional energy saving features, along with solar panels, in order to reduce our energy consumption form the national grid.
We are committed to an ‘Employee Carbon Offset Scheme’. This ensures we plant sufficient trees each year to offset the carbon footprint of all of our people. This includes emissions from their home, personal travel, holidays, food, hobbies, and more.
Electric Vehicle Charging
A project is in hand to install charging points for electric cars. Unfortunately, due to technical limitations, these will not be operational until 2022, when the new warehouse extension is completed.
Our aspiration is to attain the requirements of this standard by the end of 2021, at which point we will consider joining this, or some other appropriate ESG accredited scheme. We anticipate the environmental developments we currently have in hand will enable us to qualify for inclusion.
Grasscrete Car Park
Our site adjoins the location of the Battle of Adwalton Moor, where the Cavaliers soundly beat the Government forces in 1643. In order to present the best view of the battlefield, we invested an extra £80k in a Grasscrete surface, rather than asphalt.
Lighting and Power Saving
We have invested circa £40k in a power saving system, which includes replacing all lighting throughout the production facilities and warehouse with LED lighting and energy management to reduce our electricity requirements from the national grid.
Waste recycling is a ‘hot topic’ 100% of our plastic waste is recycled in the UK. Cardboard and end boards are stored in a container which is collected for recycling. All remaining general waste is compacted and is collected and taken to Leeds energy from waste plant (EFW) for incineration, supplying electricity to the national grid.
Pallet for Pellets
Most of our film, prior to processing, is delivered on ‘jumbo pallets’, which cannot be reused. As a consequence, they are sent to a chipboard factory where they are subsequently made use of within their products. Any excess wood chips are used for biomass.