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Langstone Technology Park Embraces Greener Energy as Bio-Mass Goes Live

Langstone Technology Park Embraces Greener Energy as Bio-Mass Goes Live
Created on 09/10/2012 12:51:00

Whilst for most businesses based at Langstone Technology Park (Havant) Monday 1st October 2012 was just another day; for national property and facilities management company Fasset, it marked a significant and positive shift in its environmental credentials as a renewable source of energy was introduced across the site.


 

Whilst for most businesses based at Langstone Technology Park (Havant) Monday 1st October 2012 was just another day; for national property and facilities management company Fasset, it marked a significant and positive shift in its environmental credentials as a renewable source of energy was introduced across the site.
In order to ensure that businesses onsite have access to competitively priced energy, Fasset regularly goes out to tender to the open wholesale market. Whilst green contracts have previously featured in the shortlist this was the first year that energy produced by a sustainable source has come out top.
Haven Power (part of Drax Power) has been selected as the supplier of ‘Biomass’ energy to Langstone Technology Park. Haven is an experienced business-to-business electricity supplier with circa 40,000 customer sites nationwide. Biomass is the 4th largest energy source in the world1 after coal, oil and gas. It is estimated that by 2050 it could supply the world with 10-20% of its primary energy requirements.
As a fuel source, it is carbon neutral, using agricultural bi-products, purpose grown energy crops and organic waste. The result is a very flexible, cost effective source of available renewable power that can also be sustainable. As it is a renewable energy, it is exempt from the government’s ‘Climate Change Levy’ (CCL) and Haven Power has provided this at a lower rate than conventional power, so businesses at Langstone should see a reduction in energy costs over time.
Fasset’s Business Excellence Manager, Shirley Cuthbertson leads the company’s environmental programme and was instrumental in the attainment of ISO14001 which the company has now held for 5 years. Her team has implemented many environmental initiatives across Langstone Technology Park, to offset its energy usage such as more efficient lighting, a dramatic reduction in the volume of waste to landfill, a car sharing scheme; and water reduction programmes.
Speaking about this announcement she says, “The introduction of bio-mass is a huge coup for Fasset, cementing our commitment to further developing environmental awareness across our business and on behalf of the business parks we currently operate. We are giving companies the ability to positively impact their own green credentials just by doing what they are doing; complementing their own initiatives and raising awareness. I am confident that we are one of the only business parks in the area to adopt this level of environmental commitment and hope that others follow our lead”.
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