Artex to be fossil fuel free on-site by 2023
By 2023, our distribution site at Ruddington will be fossil fuel free. We’ve committed to transitioning our site in Nottinghamshire to be net-zero carbon by 2024 and we’re leading with several sustainability initiatives to achieve this.
The installation of our biomass heating system is almost complete. It will heat our warehouse, offices and hot water to remove diesel and gas and fully decarbonise our site. Pellet silos are currently being constructed, these will feed wooden pellets into the furnace, warming the air in the system, which is then distributed through air vents into the warehouse and fed into the office central heating system.
Installation of the system is in its final stages. It will be complete in the next couple of weeks, followed by a period of testing and the decommission and removal of our current diesel heating system and gas boilers. The biomass heating system will reduce our carbon emissions by up to 150 tonnes per year and will improve the working environment for our colleagues and air quality for our local community.
Next, to further reduce carbon, we’re transitioning our HGV fleet to run on hydro-treated vegetable oil (HVO) by the end of 2023. This biofuel originates from vegetable oils. After a period of testing HVO in five of our vehicles, we’re now rolling this out across our whole fleet to offer a sustainable delivery solution to our customers. HVO reduces 90% of CO2 compared to diesel and produces much cleaner emissions with fewer nitrous oxides to improve air quality for our colleagues, customers and the local community.
Other sustainable on-site initiatives this year include:
- All on-site electricity is now sourced from wind power
- Replacing our forklift trucks with electric alternatives
- Switching to LED lighting
- Replacing the roof in our bulk warehouse to improve insulation and energy efficiency
Introducing a biofilm wrap to reduce plastic and recycled PPE. We’re also working to transition our product packaging to include 30% or more recycled content.