Brand-Rex, the leading supplier of copper and fibre optic based network infrastructure solutions for enterprises, data centres and extreme environments, has received a Green Apple Award for its pioneering environmental achievements.
The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as the UK’s major source of recognition for environmental endeavour. The Awards are organised by The Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit group dedicated to recognising and promoting environmental best practice.
2012 marked the first time there has been a separate event for Scotland and judges were drawn from the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland, the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and other independent bodies.
Brand-Rex was presented with its Green Apple Award at a glittering presentation ceremony held at Edinburgh Castle. It will now be further assessed with a view to representing Scotland in the European Business Awards for the Environment and will also have the chance to take part in the UK Green Apple Awards at the House of Commons in November.
The company has a long history of environmental awareness and has industry leading green credentials. In 2011 it announced that its global organisational and operational activities had achieved Carbon Neutral Status in accordance with PAS 2060 and it was subsequently announced as a winner at the 2011 VIBES (Vision In Business for the Environment of Scotland) Management Awards.
Initiatives recognised by the awards panel included the replacement of conventional ‘always-on’ factory lighting with daylight and intelligent top-up low energy electric light; replacing the factory’s fuel-oil by natural gas (saving £78,000 per quarter in the process); Over the last year the company has also invested in energy efficient gas heating and optimised its use of this resource by adjusting its building controls programme and relocating room thermostats. The decision to change its roof light panels has also brought energy saving benefits as the additional sunlight coming through gives free heat in the winter which has achieved an immediate winter saving of over £300 per week.
Also acknowledged was the Brand-Rex social responsibility in choosing offset programmes in the countries most impacted by the company’s raw materials sourcing.
For example, a land-fill methane flaring project in Chile – where the copper for their cables is mined and a hydro-dam project in Turkey where the copper is purified.
Over the preceding year, Brand-Rex increased production by 29 million metres of cable but still turned-in an overall carbon footprint reduction of 141 tonnes. An equivalent saving of 1330 tonnes compared to pre-improvement figures.
Collecting the Green Apple Award on behalf of Brand-Rex was the company’s development manager, Kennedy Miller, who commented, ‘Sustainability is at the very heart of our operation and we try to encourage environmental awareness and activity amongst all of our stakeholders and business partners. Having our efforts recognised in the form of a Green Apple Award highlights the importance of this ethos and gives us the drive and determination to do even more to reduce our carbon footprint.’