Zero Waste to Landfill

At Worcester Bosch we have a dedicated recycling department:

  • There is a strict regime of sorting and classifying waste that comes either as a by-product of production, field service returns or from general operations. 
  • Scrap is collected from boiler returns – the boilers are then broken down by the team and every single part removed is taken for recycling.
  • Much of the waste is sold on for other purposes, but nothing is sent to landfill.

 

Recycling parts at Worcester Bosch HQ

Air Handling Unit

We are constantly striving to reduce our carbon footprint and fuel useage across our premises recently introducing a brand new air handling unit at our HQ in Worcester, which was completed in Summer 2020.

An AHU is a device used to regulate and circulate air as part of an HVAC [Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning system]. The 4 AHUs on the roof are connected up to a ductwork ventilation system that distributes the conditioned air throughout the factory and then returns it to the AHU. We recover any heat energy from the returned air via a heat recovery wheel which then sends it back to the supply air as required. The previous air handling plant was installed 30 years ago and was inefficient and was causing increasing maintenance problems.

The estimated annual electrical cost saving associated with the replacement AHU scheme is £51,000.00. The annual electrical energy saved is estimated at 379,000 kWh.

The estimated annual gas cost saving associated with the replacement AHU scheme is £10,000.00. The annual gas energy saved is estimated at 522,000 kWh.

The estimated annual gas cost saving associated with the replacement AHU scheme is £10,000.00. The annual gas energy saved is estimated at 522,000 kWh.

Projected overall annual energy cost saving is therefore £61,000.00.

  • Electricity Carbon Saving:     193 Tonnes per annum
  • Gas Carbon Saving:              113 Tonnes per annum
  • Total Carbon Saving:             306 Tonnes per annum

Emissions per capita for the UK currently stand at around 5.4 Tonnes per person per annum, so another way to look at the 306 Tonne saving is that this is equivalent to the carbon typically emitted by 56 Bosch employees in one year.

The above combined carbon saving is approximately equivalent to driving a diesel car over 1.8 million kilometres, or the average emission of one passenger on over 300 return flights from Paris to New York in one year.

             

Encouraging responsible behaviour

We encourage our employees to make some changes to their behaviour whilst on site to protect our future. 

We take the view that any positive action, whether it be large or small will make a difference.

Take a look at these below.

Electric car charging points at Worcester Bosch

Electric car charging points

We have a number of electric charging points on our sites for our employees to use for their private cars and our company car fleet, which is moving towards more electric vehicles. We also encourage car sharing and offer additional priority parking spaces for those employees who do this.  Reduction in cars on the road means less congestion, fuel usage and fewer emissions.

Cycle to work scheme

We have a cycle to work scheme encouraging a healthier lifestyle and a reduction in car usage.

Remote working

Remote working

We are more and more conscious, being part of a worldwide organisation, that face to face meetings, where travel is involved, is only authorised when an online meeting won’t enable us to achieve our goals.

Re-usable hot drinks cup

Re-usable hot drinks cup

In our on-site cafés we offer a reduction on the price of a hot drink when a re-usable cup or flask is provided.

Canteen paper takeaways

Canteen takeaways

For those that need to take their lunch away from the canteen we have switched from polystyrene boxes to cardboard ones.

Water fountain at Worcester Bosch

Water dispensers

We no longer provide plastic cups for our water dispensers, our colleagues now bring their own glass or water bottle to work.

Recycling waste bins at Worcester Bosch HQ

Recycling waste

All our offices separate waste before it gets taken away from site to be sorted and recycled.

Crisp packet collection

Crisp packet collection

There is a widespread ‘crisp packet' collection – some of which goes to general recycling and some to the crisp packet project, who use the packets to produce Bivvy bags to cover sleeping bags for people living on the streets.

Battery recycling collection points

Battery recycling collection points

There are collection points for batteries around the building.

Image of a full loaded Worcester Bosch truck

Distribution of products

Here are some of the things we do within our distribution and logistics teams:

  • We use a tracking system to monitor various parameters, including driver style and fuel usage, which can be used to make adjustments to improve efficiency.
  • We load plan to ensure that we carry our goods in the most efficient way and wherever possible our trucks leave our distribution centre full.
  • We ‘back haul’ with some suppliers, so when our trucks are returning to our distribution centre, and are close to a supplier, they call in to collect the supplies rather than ordering a forward delivery from them.
  • We use the latest aerodynamic trailers with curved roofs and diffusers, which helps to reduce fuel usage.  The decks within the trailers have been replaced with mesh to reduce weight, making the trucks lighter to tow.