About CE Marking - Nova Group Limited

Enviromental Policy

March 2012

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.

 

Overview of Strategy and Action Plan

 

  1. The Managing Director is the board level “Champion for the Environment” and will develop and maintain the requirements of the action plan and will ensure communication at all levels.
  2. A framework to monitor and improve the company’s performance to be introduced.
  3. Targets for reducing energy, water and waste will be set and used as Key Performance Indicators when reviewing the company’s environmental management performance.
  4. Recycling plans and targets implemented and monitored for waste materials and packaging.
  5. An annual Carbon Footprint will be calculated and reported on.
  6. To make available products of high thermal efficiency thus reducing CO² emissions and energy consumption.
  7. Action plan reviewed and amended regularly to ensure continuous improvement, compliance with current legislation and prevention of pollution.

 

Principles

 

  1. The “Champion for the Environment” sets out the responsibility for environmental performance ensuring that all regulations are complied with.
  2. Full awareness training provided to all employees to ensure that they are made aware of the company’s commitment to work in an environmentally responsible manner. Internal procedures and work ethics designed around this.
  3. Assessments of energy consumption will form part of the assessment program prior to the purchase of new plant and equipment.
  4. Transport movements will be optimised to reduce emissions
  5. Environmental commitment will also form part of the evaluation procedure for new and existing suppliers.
  6. Performance reviewed quarterly and reported to Board of Directors.
  7. Action plan reviewed and amended regularly to ensure continuous improvement, compliance with current legislation and prevention of pollution.

Carbon Footprint

 

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.