In 2018, Heat Merchants Group together with 46 other companies signed up to the Business in the Community Ireland Low Carbon Pledge. On the 12th June 2019 the first
Low Carbon report was launched recording progress and confirmed that the group is on track with the Low Carbon Pledge’s commitment to reduce direct carbon emissions.
The report reveals that the 47 Pledge signatory companies have seen an overall emission reduction of 42% between the Baseline Period and 2018 marking significant progress
towards achieving a 50% decrease in carbon intensity by 2030.
As a signatory to the Low Carbon Pledge Heat Merchants Group have reported the actions they are taking to transition to a Low Carbon Economy:
- In December, they installed a 470 panel Solar photovoltaic system on the roof of their business support offices and central warehouse in Athlone, which will generate up to 150kWp of renewable power, and reduce consumption from the grid by circa 120,000kWh per annum preventing approximately 80,000kg of harmful carbon dioxide from being released to the environment each year.
- They replaced all light fittings in their 45 locations nationwide with energy efficient LED lighting. This will achieve savings of approximately 667,000 kWh per annum or 447,000kg of carbon dioxide.
- Over the coming months they will replace four diesel fork lifts with four new electric Jungheinrich fork lifts in their warehouse, which will utilise the majority of the approximately 3.75Mwh of surplus power which is currently being generated by the Solar PV system and as a result will deliver an estimated CO2 savings of 67,480kg per annum.
- In August they will install electric vehicle chargers at their business support office in Athlone and in 2020 will begin to introduce electric cars into their fleet and install electric vehicle charge points at their branches, with the intention to change all cars in their fleet to electric vehicles over the next four years.
Alan Hogan, MD of Heat Merchants Group said ‘We are committed to doing our part to help Ireland transition to a low carbon economy and this is demonstrated by signing up to the Low Carbon Pledge and by the significant steps we are taking to reduce our environmental impact across our business network’.