|Premiere large UK furniture manufacturer with 25 years’ experience supplying kitchens, student furniture, and bathroom furniture to a range of markets. Based in Gloucestershire, the business operates a purpose built 100,000 sq ft manufacturing facility to meet the markets demands.
Premiere are well accredited with ISO 14001, FISP, FSC and ISO 9001 certificates to show how seriously they take sustainability. However, Premiere try to go beyond the minimum requirements to ensure the accreditations do not become a simple “badge” winning prize. By exploring the commercial benefit of a thorough sustainability programme, Premiere have found that they can not only fulfil CSR targets, but also reduce costs and increase revenues.
For example, landfill waste has been reduced by 99% through the investment of a Biomass system that incinerates manufacturing process waste and converts the energy to hot water which then heats the building. Not only does this reduce landfill waste and heating costs, but it also resulted in the newly dormant gas supply being removed, further reducing carbon footprint.
Additional use of cutting edge technology such as LED lighting, and part cutting optimisation software, has meant that energy and wastage is further reduced, thus saving money. Average energy cost has dropped from £1.06 to £0.66 per unit, while waste cost has dropped from £0.73 to £0.01. Over a short time, high waste disposal cost of £168k have been transformed into a small revenue stream of £10k, proving that sustainability is not just an ethical venture, but also a profitable one.
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