Utility on sustainable performance gains

A third-party report on US-based OEM, Utility, highlights substantial increases in its environmental, health and safety performance.

The report was conducted by Ramboll – an engineering , design and consultancy company founded in Denmark in 1945 – and used over two decades of data from all five of Utility’s manufacturing plants across the US. It provides insight into the benefits and impact of utility’s effort to responsibly reduce its overall air emissions, waste and energy consumption.

Through proactive green initiatives, Utility eliminated ozone-depleting emissions from its inject-foam insulation process and reduced overall waste and emissions. Results show that Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 27 per cent, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions were cut down 62 per cent and Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP) air emissions dropped 97 per cent.

“We are honoured to say that all Utility manufacturing plants are classified as Minor Sources of Emissions under the USEPA’s Clean Air Act regulations,” said Utility Marketing Manager, Brett Olsen. “We take pride in managing our production and manufacturing with integrity as it relates to forward-thinking environmental practices.”

To add to its reduced emissions, Utility also sources 100 per cent of its wood from forests certified by the Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) and its focus on cardboard recycling yielded a 23 per cent increase.

While Utility was enhancing environmental practices, it was able to improve worker safety as well. Utility’s recordable injuries decreased by 63 per cent, while the most severe injuries (DART) declined by 67 per cent, making it 31 per cent lower than the industry average.

Overall, Utility’s reductions to water, energy, and materials usage cut down costs, improved efficiency and provided substantial financial savings for the company each year.

“These results prove that our proactive initiatives are achieving a safer, smarter, and more sustainable workplace,” said Olsen. “By staying ahead of the curve, we are pursuing and implementing sustainable practices that better our employees, our environment, and best utilise our natural resources.”

Earlier this year, Denney Transport used Utility trailers to address driver shortage.

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