Integrity and innovation in our practices promote growth of our company and earn respect and trust. We hope to earn that not just from our customers but from all our fellow inhabitants of this planet – which is why we are constantly committed to implementing sustainable technology and policies in our facilities. 

We take our environmental practices very seriously, with procedures to reduce, reuse, remove, and recycle. and even still we continue to look for ways to improve our business and cut our carbon footprint alongside costs.

We committed to one sustainable practice by installing two rooftop PVCell installations.  

Since our first PVcell installation in 2011 and expansion in 2014, we have seen great benefits, not only by cutting costs and reducing our reliance on electricity suppliers but improving our environment, business and cut our carbon footprint. 

When the sun is shining, 795 solar panels on the roof of our manufacturing headquarters produce 200 KWp of electricity that is either used in real-time by our facility or fed back to the grid where it benefits our community (and earns us a credit). 

Over the last year, the system has generated around 80% of our electricity requirements, which is roughly 160,000 kilowatt-hours (kWhs) of electricity, offsetting the equivalent of driving almost 36 times around the UK and 56 times around Britain in an average passenger vehicle, which equates to 280,000 miles.

This energy production is just from our Sittingbourne premises, our facilities in the US and Germany are also solar powered, reducing our footprint internationally.

In October 2020, the first installation successfully paid for itself as predicted.

 Other sustainable practices we have achieved to meet our objective of becoming energy neutral are as follows.

  • Installed a new variable speed energy efficient air compressor.
  • Installed solar flex shading to windows facing the sun to reduce the temperature in the summer months and reduce our reliance on air-conditioning.
  • LED energy efficient lighting.
  • Installed air source heat pumps, to both heat and cool portions of the building. 

Environmental Statement

The Wire Belt Company is committed to the management of its environmental affairs and recognises its responsibility to prevent pollution in all parts of its operations, safeguard the environment and take positive steps to minimise the environmental impacts of its operations. These steps are carried out in a responsible and caring manner and the company will maintain this commitment by:-

  • Identifying how our activities impact on the environment
  • Minimising all waste discharges to air, water and land
  • Using wherever reasonably practical the least environmentally harmful substance and practice.
  • Being aware of the environmental effects our operations have to our neighbours.
  • Complying with all applicable legislation and regulatory requirements.
  • Ensuring all sub-contractors and suppliers have adequate environmental standards in place.
  • Lastly communicating the importance and reviewing this policy with all staff on a regular basis.