Working environmentally, without compromise to a recognised standard – ISO14001
To demonstrate our continued commitment, our business activities for Environmental Management Systems have been certificated for compliance with the internationally recognised standard – ISO14001 since 2011.
Our Environmental Management performance is monitored and continuously improved by our Green Team which contains representatives from operational departments of our business. The team is also made up of members of our Health, Safety & Welfare Committee so that the regular meetings of both teams are held simultaneously. The team is led by our SHEQ Manager who is also our Environmental Manager.
Our commitment to ISO14001 has been recognised in a case study by the West Midlands Centre for Constructing Excellence. In addition to our ISO 14001 certification our SHEQ Manager serves on the Lift & Escalator Industry Association’s (LEIA) Safety & Environment Committee
To demonstrate our total commitment, we have signed up to voluntary initiatives like the – WRAP Halving Waste to Landfill campaign. We have also subscribed to organisations which provide clean water to Africa and which undertake carbon offsetting on our behalf. Our recycling of office wastes is recognised by certificates of waste recycling and trees saved,
Waste Segregation & Recycling
We segregate and recycle as much as waste as possible and continue to reduce our waste to landfill as an ongoing part of our participation of the WRAP campaign at the same time as driving up our recycling of metallic, oil and other wastes year on year. We also operate a Policy of recycling obsolete parts which we salvage, refurbish and stock ready for re-use at our workshop, however don’t worry – we won’t use them on your lift without your permission; but many of our Customers will tell you how convenient these can be in avoiding costly upgrades or returning lifts to work more quickly (even temporarily) when costly specialist parts from overseas are on prolonged delivery periods. Please be assured we will never fit a salvaged safety component that has to be recorded under the Lift Directive 2014/33/EU Annex XI.
We continuously seek to reduce our carbon footprint. The introduction of new technologies and the way in which we operate, contributes significantly to reducing travel and fuel consumption. Measures include installing trackers in vehicles and wireless digital data capture to reduce paperwork and office visits by field operatives. These measures have also improved our efficiency and Customer service. Our fleet of more than 70 vehicles undergoes progressive change to lower emissions and introduce more efficient low emissions engines.
Energy Reduction in Your Lift
The energy which your lift uses can be controlled and reduced in a number of ways. The cost of doing so and the economic pay-back of these capital costs through energy cost savings is a balance which only the customer can decide the value of them and the fit of these measures with their values and strategies.
In terms of drives for lifts and lift doors we seek to use a variable voltage variable frequency motor which reduces energy consumption. We also seek to use these drives in our hydraulic lift packages. These offer better levelling and movement control as well.
Where we are able to use gearless electric traction lift drives the omission of gears reduces the frictional losses when the lifts travel. We also tend to use hydraulic lift drives which have lower rated oil pressurisation systems and variable voltage variable frequency drives which can compensate for changes in oil viscosity during the operational life of the lift.
Lift car, lift shaft and lift motor room lighting can be installed with LED lamps with much lower energy consumption.
Various devices to reduce lighting and other electrical devices power consumption during idling periods of low demand for lift movements are available and are sometimes expressed as an eco-mode of control.
Where building owners require better environmental performance, our designers can support their objectives and have successfully obtained the credits available for lift installations within the BREEAM assessment. We recommend the use of energy efficient lifts to reduce whole life cycle costs across the operation and maintenance of the equipment.
Of course, we never think a lift owner should overlook the simple facts that properly maintained and commissioned lifts operate more efficiently.