03 August 2021
Leading Manchester based lubricant manufacturer, Metalube Ltd has once again committed to carbon neutrality by offsetting the emissions that cannot currently be avoided from its manufacturing and operations. The company […]
Leading Manchester based lubricant manufacturer, Metalube Ltd has once again committed to carbon neutrality by offsetting the emissions that cannot currently be avoided from its manufacturing and operations.
The company first started its carbon neutral policy in 2019 and has since then implemented a series of efficiency upgrades to its manufacturing processes around the globe. To offset carbon this year, the company is planting native trees in the Yorkshire dales which will be validated and verified under the woodland carbon code. The aim is to continue with tree planting whilst actively reducing the carbon footprint within the organisation through several efficiency projects.
Environmental responsibility has always played a key role in the business, which has worked successfully with the Business Growth Hub’s Manufacturing and Resource Efficiency Services. At the end of 2019, with help of a resource efficiency advisor and an energy efficiency grant, the company installed a new steam boiler that has greatly improved efficiency by providing steam and heat for its manufacturing process. The project has delivered an estimated reduction of CO2 emissions by 73 tonnes per year. In addition, it has installed a 50kW solar panel system and has switched from heating barrels with electric heat jackets to a more efficient gas-powered ‘hot box’. Last month the company upgraded its forklifts from gas to an eco-electric fleet which is grid efficient and charged overnight when electricity is not being used.
Robert Brown, Managing Director says: “The ‘corporate carbon footprint’ is an important component for the development of our climate protection strategy. We have analysed and identified reduction potentials and subsequently defined our goals. The procedure for calculating the footprint is carried out in accordance with the guidelines of the GHG Protocol. We’re also constantly looking at what is the right thing to do in terms of raw materials and developing lubricants that are safer for the environment without compromising performance. We’re doing some quite innovative things such as soluble products that you add water to, which means less product needs to be shipped.”
He adds: “Wastage and waste packaging is another touchpoint we are keen to focus on. We’re currently transitioning packaging away from plastics where possible, and we’ve also investigated using recycled barrels, which is proving difficult. But we’re continually exploring new ways. It’s important that offsetting is used in the right way. It should be an incentive to drop your own emissions, not something you just pay for and forget about; that’s the wrong thing to do in my opinion. It’s about getting your manufacturing right first. Looking at your raw materials and managing your stockholding efficiently. Investing in our own plant and improving our manufacturing process. Those things all have an environmental impact.”
METALUBE is part of the Bishopdale Group, a private holding company for a group of industrial lubricants brands – Metalube, Molyslip and UOP. The company exports 95% of its production to over 90 countries worldwide and has offices in Manchester, Dubai, Mumbai, São Paulo and Shanghai. From its headquarters in Irlam, Manchester the company has a fully integrated lubricant manufacturing facility, including new state-of-the-art laboratories.