Staff go green at Sunderland engineering firm

(from left) Mark Braithwaite, Janette Ede, Ann Anderson, Steve Palmer and Mark Adamson
(from left) Mark Braithwaite, Janette Ede, Ann Anderson, Steve Palmer and Mark Adamson
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A Sunderland engineering firm went green to encourage staff to think about sustainability.

Grundfos held a Green Week at its Castletown site, with each day given a theme, and outside organisations invited in to promote ‘green’ messages

We work hard to minimise our environmental footprint and give a high priority to environmental responsibility.

Janette Ede

Senior Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Specialist Janette Ede explained: “Sustainability and looking after the planet is a global priority for Grundfos so we tried to get the message across in an entertaining way.

“We work hard to minimise our environmental footprint and give a high priority to environmental responsibility.

The week was organised by Grundfos’s Business Environment Sustainability Team (BEST) and also involved word search and the best environmental improvement idea competitions.

“First we had Motivation Monday when we had guest speakers from Northumbrian Water, Total Recycling and MB Air Systems,” said Janette.

Northumbrian Water talked to people about the importance of saving water and how much water we each use every day. They also gave us some great tips for saving water at work and at home. Our guest from Total Recycling talked of the impact of failing to segregate our waste has on the environment.

“Travel Light Tuesday encouraged staff to walk to work, to use a bike or car share and we certainly saw more bikes on site than usual.

“We then had ‘Find a Leak during Green Week’ Wednesday, during which we explained how and why air compressors are used on site and why we invested so much in our huge new air compressor unit. Staff then helped us to see if we could find any leaks during the production process.

“Throwaway Thursday was important as again we looked at how waste needs to be segregated properly, and at the same time, we distributed new recycling bins to each department.

“Last of all we had switch-off Friday which involved getting people to power down PCs and computers, and to switch off lights and air conditioning units. The Grundfos target globally is not to use any more C02 than we were in 2008.”