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Tuesday, 23 April

Screwing Down The Carbon Footprint

Rapierstar's Star Business Park HQ, warehouse and distribution centre.

Manufacturer Rapierstar (which produces screws and fixings) has reduced the environmental impact of its operations at its Star Business Park HQ, warehouse and distribution centre in Cheshire.

Better management of waste water has been prioritised with the installation of three new water treatment plants, which will turn waste water from the complex into drinking quality water for release into a nearby brook. An additional new oil capture tank that recycles brown water for further treatment from the large car parking area has also been installed.

Inside the building, Rapierstar has installed a dynamic lighting solution throughout its warehouse and packing area. This has provided an energy saving of over 90%, by operating at only a sub 10% background lighting level before responding immediately to any vehicular or personnel movement and switching to full luminaire level.

 

Packaging

Packaging now utilises recycled packing chippings in all customer orders, helping to reduce reliance on new packaging materials.

 

People

Staff are already getting involved in car sharing and, for those who live locally, cycling to work is being actively encouraged.

 

Renewable energy

Rapierstar has ensured that drivers of 100% electric vehicles – visitors and staff – can now charge up whilst on site with the installation of a new rapid charging point. This has also enabled the company to add a plug in electric vehicle to its fleet.

Picture: Rapierstar's Star Business Park HQ, warehouse and distribution centre.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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