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    Why Planet Mark certification is so important to Ecoprod

    At Ecoprod, our whole business is founded on the idea of bringing environmental sustainability into the washroom – often one of the most resource-intensive areas of a business. All the products we sell are designed to offer real environmental savings to our clients, saving water, cutting power use and reducing their carbon footprints. It’s important that we practice what we preach, so we also do as much as we can to minimise our own carbon footprint and environmental impact.

    For the last four years we’ve reported our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint via the Planet Mark scheme. The Planet Mark is an international mark of sustainability for businesses, property developments and products, helping organisations to improve their environmental, economic and social performance. Planet Mark certification requires businesses to measure and report on their efforts to reduce emissions, to engage staff and other stakeholders with an improvement plan, and to take positive efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.

    We’re delighted to have been awarded Planet Mark certification for 2018-19, our fourth year in the scheme. To achieve this, we calculated the carbon footprint of our Woking office and fleet and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually. This year’s footprint includes emissions from energy use in the building (natural gas and purchased electricity), water, from fuel used by the fleet, from waste disposal and recycling, business travel and from the production of paper used in the offices.

    The relative carbon footprint in year ending December 2017 was 4.28 tCO2e per employee, a decrease of 24.3% compared to 2016. Ecoprod’s total carbon footprint was 17.1 tCO2e, a decrease of 24.3% from 2016.

    The reduction in Ecoprod’s total carbon footprint is partly due to a decrease in emissions from electricity (down 13%), and landfill waste (down 6%), as well as a significant decrease in fleet and business travel. However, a key part of the Planet Mark scheme is to continually strive for improvement, so over the next year we will be focusing on the following key areas:-

    • Regularly monitor electricity consumption and take meter readings for natural gas consumption, as well as investigating the installation of a real-time energy monitoring system
    • Considering low carbon vehicle purchase and transport options, including promoting the use of public transport for client meetings and continuing to reduce air travel to the absolute minimum
    • Switching to recycled paper for all office uses
    • Continue to work towards recycling and waste reduction targets
    • Organising annual sustainability workshops for our staff, including carrying out an energy awareness and ‘switch it off’ campaign
    • Conduct an energy audit to help identify where most energy is being used as well as potential sources of wastage from equipment, lights and heat loss.

     

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    Lord Rupert Redesdale

    Lord Redesdale was the Energy Spokesman for the Liberal Democrats for the House of Lords 2000-2008 during which time he introduced many members’ bills in the area of energy and conservation.

    Lord Redesdale is the CEO of the Energy Managers Association (EMA). The EMA aims to promote the development of energy management and the career structure of Energy Managers in the British economy.

    In 2016, Lord Redesdale co-founded The Water Retail Company (TWRC) with Professor Jacob Tompkins. TWRC is a licensed retailer with a focus on water efficiency and reduction strategy for its customers.

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    Professor Jacob Tomkins

    Jacob is the the co-founder and CTO of The Water Retail Company. Jacob trained as a civil engineer with degrees from UCL and Imperial. He worked as an academic, was water lead for the National Farmers’ Union and freshwater advisor at Water UK. He set up and ran Waterwise the water efficiency NGO for over 10 years. He has developed EU water legislation and recently chaired a UK Govt task force on resilience in the water sector.

    He is currently writing two books for Wiley on water efficiency and water and behaviour. He is a visiting Prof at Exeter University and has an OBE for services to water efficiency.

     

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    Harvey Djangogly

    Harvey brings over ten years of experience designing, leading, and evaluating initiatives that engage individuals, households, and employees in sustainable living, and that motivate pro-environmental change. Harvey works with and advises public, private and civic sector organisations in the UK and U.S. and abroad, focusing in particular on his passion –sustainable water use and efficiency.

    Harvey believes in the dual approach of “behaviour change” harnessed with innovative technology to achieve the goals of meeting water and carbon footprint reduction targets. The FlowlessTM by WINT solution, epitomises Harvey’s philosophy by allowing customers to monitor their water use in real time, empowering them to save water by introducing efficiencies and most importantly preventing and detecting escape of water and leaks thereby providing water security to the client’s facility/workplace

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    Marcel Napflin

    Marcel Näpflin is a long-standing member of the management team of URIMAT Schweiz AG, a leading manufacturer of environmentally friendly products in the sanitary industry. As Director for Marketing & Sales and Member of the Executive Board, Marcel has been responsible for the international marketing and sales strategy and the worldwide expansion of URIMAT. Under his leadership URIMAT developed numerous worldwide patented product innovations which save water, improve hygiene and reduce carbon footprint in restrooms.

    In his role as Business Development Manager Marcel was responsible for the development and launch of URIMAT-CONNECT, a cloud-based digital advertising system built into multi-media waterless urinals which dynamically deliver real time advertising messages via the internet. Marcel is a graduate business economist and has commercial diploma in banking. After he started his professional career in banking he worked in various management positions in the Sporting Goods Industry. 

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    Marcus Rose

    Marcus Rose is Managing Director at Ecoprod and URIMAT UK. He is a fully qualified mechanical engineer by training & background, with many years’ experience in the construction industry especially related to mechanical, sanitary and washroom applications.

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    Paul Musgrove

    For the last 3 decades Paul has worked in the UK and International Projects Business to deliver  correct solutions for customers in an ethical and consultative and technical approach.

    He has qualifications in commercial contracting working in healthcare environment, for the last 12 years specialising in water-related products.

    Today, sustainability aspects are key whilst also balancing this with keeping water ways moving and clean. Understanding how water is stored and delivered in buildings with an awareness on pathogens in our waterways, and how we as manufacturers can change products to help with infection reduction.

    His greatest achievement, second to his family, is the work he carried out in Botswana, working at a high level with government officials to deliver five new hospitals over four years in very poor conditions, which required the development of new communities, housing, schools etc.

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