The Sash Window Workshop managed to reduce its carbon emissions by 39% last year in comparison to 2019, according to a report by Carbon Footprint. The Sash Window Workshop’s scope one and two emissions for 2021 totalled 194.36 tonnes of carbon, with total tonnes of emissions (including scope three indirect emissions) totalling 214.50 tonnes of carbon.
Having previously assessed its carbon footprint for 2019, The Sash Window Workshop set a target to reduce its carbon footprint rather than just offsetting it. In 2021, the company’s sales team began to use electric cars to help reduce emissions. Electric charge points were also installed in the workshop for employees and visitors to use. The switch to electric and hybrid vehicles caused the carbon footprint from the company’s car travel to decrease by 58.6%. This figure is expected reduce further in 2022 as many of the sales team made this change during the middle of the year, business representatives have said.
Richard Dollar, The Sash Window Workshop’s managing director, said: “Having worked towards being environmentally responsible for several years, I am proud that we have not only achieved our goal to reduce our carbon footprint but have also reduced it by an impressive 39%. From becoming FSC-certified in 2016 to undertaking our first carbon emissions assessment a couple of years ago, we have made multiple changes over the years to be as environmentally sustainable as possible.”
He added: “Each wooden window made from sustainable wood saves approximately 160kg of carbon dioxide in comparison to a plastic window (source: Heriot Watt University). This means that by using sustainable wood to manufacture our windows and doors, we use the most sustainable and the greenest choice of any material.”