As a leading manufacturer within the window industry, Nova Group recognise that their operations have an effect on the local, national and international environment.
Because of this the Board of Directors are committed to a program of continuous improvement in the environmental performance of the company and a reduction in the company’s Carbon Footprint.
Compliance with legislation and the requirements of our customers will be seen as the minimum performance standards of the company, however to promote a culture of best practice an Environmental Management System complying with the requirements of BS EN ISO 14001 : 2004 will be implemented and maintained.
The Board of Directors are responsible for the company’s performance and implementation of this policy.
Nova Group Limited recognise that our operations have an impact on our environment. We are committed to achieving an ongoing reduction in our carbon footprint and will ensure that good energy management practices are employed and maintained.
In 2007 Nova Group’s carbon footprint was 1617 tonnes CO2. The installation of a more effective heating system in one area of the factory was a contributing factor in achieving a 5% reduction in 2008 – when our carbon footprint fell to 1530 tonnes CO2.
One of the biggest energy consuming departments is the toughening plant. In January 2009 a software and fan upgrade was carried out at a cost of £50K – this will be a significant contributor to achieving further reductions in our carbon footprint in the coming years.
We operate an effective transport management system were delivery routes are optimised to ensure that the maximum amount of products go onto our vehicles, thus reducing the number of miles travelled.
Wherever possible we use local suppliers of goods and services which again ensures that our supply chain carbon footprint is reduced.
Training and education play a major part in our targets for reducing our carbon footprint. We encourage all staff to switch of machines when not in use and to report and faults promptly. A poorly maintained machine can be inefficient in relation to energy consumption and we have a full inspection procedure to detect faults such as compressed air leaks etc. It is also a company policy that as and when motors fail, they are replaced with higher efficiency motors. It is also recognised that purchasing a new motor is potentially 3% more efficient than having a motor rewound. For this reason wherever possible motors are not rewound.
Heating systems and machines that need to attain temperature are set on timer controls so that they come on just in time to be at temperature for the required work start time. This ensures that energy is not needlessly wasted on having machines at the required temperature any earlier than they are required.
When purchasing new vehicles and equipment, energy consumption is a major factor in our evaluation procedure.
Our target for is to see a 10% reduction in our carbon footprint. An action plan is available on request.