Energy

The world is warming up.  Some of the warming is due to the natural warming up of the sun but much of it is being caused by human emissions of greenhouse gases.  The main greenhouse gas is carbon dioxide - some 80% of emissions in industrialized nations. Carbon dioxide, or CO2, mainly comes from burning fossil fuels like coal, petrol, oil and natural gas. By sector, some 33% comes from electricity generation and 42% from heating buildings.

What's Steenbergs doing about it?

Power

We get our power as a mix of solar panels on the eaves that generates a decent amount of electricity, and obtain the rest from Scottish Power.

Lighting

The need for lighting is reduced through using clear panels (wherever practical) in the roof of our buildings and the ceilings of the office and production areas - the warehouses use the clear roof tiles.  Lighting is used to supplement natural light wherever possible.  Sunpipes have been installed in the changing area to minimize the requirement for electrical lighting and we have installed Ecoplus windows.  Ecoplus windows use Forestry Stewardship Council certified wood, which has been boron treated for an environmentally friendly wood treatment, and Iplus ultra-efficient glazing and are painted with natural plant-based paints that contain no biocides.

Lamps used are low energy options, and we are switching tubes over to LED panels. We try to keep our energy consumption as low as possible, e.g. all our computer monitors are flat-screen monitors, which use considerably less energy. In the factory and warehouse areas, we use lamps with a very good ratio between light output and energy consumption, and in the administration building we use energy-efficient, high-frequency fluorescent lamps.

Heating

Heating is all provided via electricity and we do not use gas, oil or other products.  Overall we have a relatively low requirement for heating as we do not use heat in our production.  At Steenbergs, we have also invested in double glazing and insulation for our office and insulation for our production areas to minimise heat loss, while our warehouses are unheated.

Our buildings are insulated throughout.  Three-quarters of the main warehouse is lined with food grade paneling from Stancold (which - we accept - is an industrial product but ensures that our facilities are to the highest food standards) has a mineral fibre insulation incorporated into the panels -  the Rockwool core is water repellent, free of (H)CFCs and fully recyclable. 

Steenbergs' office and dispatch building was purchased in 2016; it comes with traditional mineral fibre throughout.  The office, kitchen and changing areas in the main warehouse are insulated using Warmcell 100 and Homatherm Flexcel 040 for the roof areas and the walls respectively.  Warmcell is used in the roof areas and is made from 100% recycled newsprint, while Homatherm is used for wall areas and is made from recycled newsprint and recycled jute sacking.  For more details on this green insulation, visit http://www.homatherm.com/ and http://www.warmcell.com/.

Other

Finally we use thrifty good housekeeping techniques.  Staff have been trained in the basic task of "Switching Off When Not Needed" coupled with signs to remind everyone to minimize wastage, and Axel and Sophie Steenberg spend their lives going around switching off lights and radios that have been left on!  All our computers have flat-screens to reduce energy usage and desks have desk lamps which are more energy efficient than overhead lighting.  In the kitchen and warehouse areas, we have installed movement sensors for the lights.


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