The environment

We make products that are environmentally friendly. We have an excellent long-term record and a clear strategy for addressing the environmental issues that affect our business.

Our impact

The environmental impact of our operations is relatively low compared with manufacturers in other sectors. We place a high level of importance on the quality of our products and the service levels we provide to our customers. We strive to make our operations more flexible and responsive to our end markets and customers.

Environmental management system “EMS”

We are committed to developing and implementing an EMS throughout the Group to measure, control and reduce our environmental impact. We have performance indicators to assist local management in implementing the policy and, ultimately, in developing an EMS. All Group companies are certified to ISO 14001 accreditation, where warranted. Group companies are encouraged to improve energy efficiency, reduce waste and emissions and reduce the use of materials in order to minimise their environmental impact.

The EMS includes procedures for the management of waste, trade effluent, hazardous substances, environmental processes and procedure, enforcement actions, and compliance with regulatory frameworks and legislation.

We are committed to raising employee awareness of environmental issues and the effects of their activities through Company-wide promotion and communication. We recognise that simple, small measures taken in the workplace can have a large impact on reducing environmental damage.

Carbon footprint

We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint. The Group set a target of reducing its total carbon emissions relative to revenues by 10% over the three years from December 2017. Our emissions have reduced significantly but we continue to focus on other energy reduction initiatives.

The table below sets out Dialight’s emissions in 2018 compared with 2017 in accordance with the Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Report) Regulation 2013. The Group does not operate a fleet of distribution vehicles, although it does own a number of cars.

To support the Group’s commitment to sustainability, our policy, which is subject to regular review, operates a cap on permissible CO2 emissions for all Company-owned vehicles and vehicles bought by employees who have taken a cash allowance in lieu of a company car.

Consumption of resources

 

2018

Tonnes

CO2

2017

Tonnes

CO2

Variance

Emissions from combustion of fuel
and operation of facilities

85

271

186

Emissions from purchased electricity

5,104

5,756

652

Total

5,189

6,027

838

 

2018

Resource

Total
consumption

(m’s)

Unit

Consumption per £
turnover

Electricity

9.5

kWh

0.056

Water

15.5

litre

0.091

Waste management

The Group has two zero-waste-to-landfill sites: one in Australia and one in Denmark. We work with our supply chain to identify recycling opportunities. In 2018, we recycled over 300 tonnes of cardboard, plastic, wood and metals at our production facilities. All administrative offices have a recycling policy to help reduce waste going to landfill.