Casepak has made significant changes to its carbon footprint by installing new, energy efficient lighting systems at its MRF.
Ben Grundy, Business Infrastructure Manager at Casepak, said: “Being a responsible operator is an important part of our culture at Casepak and we are always looking at ways to reduce energy consumption, carbon footprint and energy costs.
“We were in the process of upgrading lighting at the MRF and the manufacturer of the units informed us about the Green Belle grant scheme.”
Green Belle has previously supported SMEs in Leicestershire by providing grants to help companies improve their energy efficiency through the installation of low carbon lighting and equipment. Part funded through European Regional Development Fund and Leicester City Council, eligible firms in the county could apply for grants of up to £10,000.
Ben continued: “We were delighted to hear that Casepak qualified for maximum funding through Green Belle. The grant enabled us to install 185W LED Clean Room IP66 High Bay optics covering an area of 14,000 SQM. Whilst this type of lighting is typically used in the food services industry, the optics’ dome design helps to prevent dust build-up and makes them easier to clean and maintain. This was the perfect solution for the MRF.”
The new lighting was installed more than a year ago and the team have noticed a huge difference in optics and operations.
Ben concluded: “The new lighting has made the MRF so much brighter. In addition, our new lighting plan provided us with a greater level of lux per sq. meter, whilst reducing the number of fixtures by 45%.”
Casepak saved the equivalent of 114 tonnes of CO2 in the first 12 months following installation of the LED lighting. This is an approximate carbon reduction from electricity usage for lighting of 59%. This is not a one-off reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and there will continue to be an annual saving as a result of this measure.
For more information on Green Belle please visit – https://www.greenbelle.org.uk/
Photo L-R – Before and After showing lighting at the MRF