Saint-Gobain distributes funds to help brands reduce their carbon footprint

SAINT-Gobain has awarded three of its brands a combined £650,000 as part of its INVEST Carbon fund, to support environmental aspirations.

The INVEST Carbon fund is one of two carbon funds available to businesses and employees to suggest ways in which carbon can be reduced from its activities.

Builders merchant Jewson has received £250,000 to spend on its Wishaw branch in North Lanarkshire. The funds will be used to install high performing insulation, LED lighting, solar photovoltaics and an air source heat pump to reduce CO2 emissions by 19 tonnes a year.

Artex, based in Ruddington, Nottinghamshire, has secured £300,000 to fund the installation of a biomass heating system. It is estimated this will reduce CO2 emissions by 150 tonnes a year.

Jewson Civils Frazer, meanwhile, has received over £100,000 to replace existing electric heating systems with air source heat pumps in four of its UK sites, with the aim of saving 56 tonnes of CO2 a year.

Mike Chaldecott, chief executive of Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland, said, “Our organisation remains committed to reducing its carbon emissions and Making the World a Better Home. Our carbon funds encourage our employees to come up with innovative ideas for change from small every-day actions to high-impact investments.

“As they deliver their projects later this year our colleagues will be making tangible differences to their work environments and climate change. The funds will grow in size over the years ahead – for every tonne of carbon saved by the business an extra €50 will be added to the size of the fund.”