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Vaillant plant wins major sustainability award

An initiative pioneered by heating technology manufacturer the Vaillant Group to reduce energy and packaging waste at the company’s Derbyshire plant has seen it win the Sustainable Manufacturing Award 2013.

The national EEF/ENER-G Sustainable Manufacturing Award was presented to Vaillant Group at the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards for its S.E.E.D.S (Sustainability in Environment, Employees, Development & Products and Society) programme. The plant now manufactures every boiler using less energy and water and creating less waste and carbon emissions than ever before. The plant has been Landfill ZERO since 2011.

The award recognises manufacturers that have undertaken initiatives to improve sustainability, innovate new processes, and improve corporate social responsibility.

Vaillant Group was initially recognised as Derbyshire’s most sustainable plant in winning the regional EEF/ENERG-F Sustainable Manufacturing Award, and went on to compete against regional winners across the UK in the national finals, which took place on Thursday 30th January 2014 in London.

The Vaillant Group, which is parent company for both the Vaillant and Glow-worm brands, and has been introducing pioneering heating technology into the market for 140 years, is also currently celebrating a record-breaking month in which the Belper plant manufactured more boilers than ever before.

Nick Linklater, Head of Corporate Accounts for ENER-G, praised Vaillant Group’s collaborative approach to driving sustainability throughout the business: “Vaillant Group is setting a shining example of green business excellence for others to follow. Their energy and resource efficiency achievements and the dedication of their staff to sustainability are hugely impressive – marking them out as environmental winners.”

Dr. Jan Borkowski, Plant Director at Vaillant’s Belper plant comments: “Not only do we produce and sell highly efficient, environmentally friendly products – we also produce them in the most sustainable plant in the country. I’m especially delighted that feedback from the judges valued the team effort present in our win, noting an impressive involvement of staff at all levels into the sustainable strategy.”

The annual awards are hosted by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, and recognise excellence in enterprise, innovation, exports, environmental performance, skills development, health and safety and apprenticeships among UK manufacturers.

Image caption: From left: Supply Chain Manager Darren Bates, Operative Steve Hurst, Health & Safety/Environmental manager Allan Harley, Operative Mick Burman, Engineering Manager Richard Sainsbury, Quality Manager John Thurlow, Operations Manager Jason Griffiths, Purchasing Manager Paul Whybrow and Plant Director Jan Borkowski.