‘Turning it off’ saves Oxford instruments £££
22 July 2015
When Oxford Instruments learned about Bristol’s 2015 Go Green scheme, it leapt at the chance of joining. Based in Yatton, just south of Bristol UK, the business supplies sophisticated, highly innovative tools for the semiconductor industry to many manufacturers and research centres globally, who work in sustainable areas including photovolatics, LED lighting, power conversion for wind turbines and electric vehicles. As such the business is keen to demonstrate to its customers that it is reducing its carbon footprint and improving energy efficiency.
Recently the company has launched an internal ‘Turn it off’ campaign, encouraging people to turn off their computer monitors, PCs and office lighting each evening. In addition air conditioning units and electrical heaters are being turned off out of hours. It is anticipated that making these changes will save the business the significant amount of over £22,000 in the year. Teams have also put their creative energies into improving the energy efficiency of the tools they build, resulting in environmental and cost cutting benefits that can be shared with customers. Further energy saving projects will soon include investments such as installing LED lighting.
Oxford Instruments Environmental Champions group was set up last year, and has been working to improve many aspects of the business’ overall energy efficiency, in order to cut carbon footprint and costs, and improve the general wellbeing of its staff. Since the company has joined Bristol’s Go Green scheme, launched to coincide with Bristol’s year as European Green Capital, this has added impetus to Oxford Instruments working towards a sustainable future.
“When we learnt about the Go Green scheme and analysed our environmental activities, we realised our employees were already engaged in many of those suggested by the scheme”, says Managing Director Charles Holroyd, “Go Green is open to every organisation wanting to make a difference to their local environment, with activities from recycling to cycling to work. As a high technology company based in the Bristol area, supplying organisations worldwide, we are delighted to be involved in the Go Green initiative, and be part of the wider Bristol green community. Joining Go Green has inspired and challenged us to make further sustainable improvements to our business.”
Over 200 companies in the Bristol area are now Go Green members, and of those, Oxford Instruments soon progressed to be one of the 16 businesses at the higher ‘Proving it’ level, showing their commitment to becoming greener.