Sustainability at Richard Burbidge
Richard Burbidge is proud to champion and support sustainable sourcing and production. We are working to become a Net Zero business before 2050.
Our products use sustainable materials and we’re working every day to reduce our carbon footprint.
We believe that every business has a responsibility to drive change. We’re part of the United Nations Race to Zero campaign, and pledge to make our contribution towards a more sustainable future by halving emissions by 2030 and achieving Net Zero no later than 2050.
We will disclose our progress on a yearly basis, ensuring that we continue to deliver on our promise to give our customers the most eco-friendly and sustainable selection of timber products.
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As a business, it is critical that we measure our own impact on the environment. We have partnered with Planet Mark, an independent sustainability certification body, who will verify our carbon footprint. This has enabled a clear picture of all our environmental impacts, allowing us to identify ways to take rigorous and immediate action to halve our carbon footprint by 2030.
We are powered by 100% renewable energy. We’ve installed over 2,600 solar panels at our North Wales factory, which generate more than 40% of our power requirement.
We are reducing and working towards removing plastics from all our product and transit packaging. Richard Burbidge aims to use 100% recycled packaging materials, and we’re implementing more changes throughout 2023.
As well as installing free-to-use electric vehicle chargers at our HQ, we’ve implemented a scheme to support our team in moving to electric vehicles. Wherever possible, business travel uses public transport, and we carbon offset any required air travel.
Waste & Recycling
We are a zero-to-landfill business for all general waste. All wood waste from our manufacturing is recycled and repurposed into panel boards and animal bedding. It’s even used to power our site’s heating and hot water.
All Richard Burbidge products are made with sustainable timber, which can last a lifetime when properly maintained. Timber is a renewable and natural material that locks away CO2. Production generates very little waste, as offcuts and chippings can be repurposed and recycled. Timber for our FSC® and PEFC-certified products is harvested with sustainable forest management.
Leading manufacturer of timber products, Archwood Group, has implemented a new carbon reduction plan as it celebrates significant first year achievements as part of the United Nations’ Race to Net Zero campaign. Since joining the United Nations’ Race to Zero Campaign in November 2021, the business has already achieved a 62% reduction in Scope 1 & 2 carbon emissions. As part of its pledge to achieve Net Zero, Archwood Group is committed to reaching zero emissions by 2050 and halving emissions across all facets of the business by 2030. To help further its sustainability goals and verify its carbon footprint, Archwood Group also partnered with Planet Mark, an independent sustainability certification body to help assess and verify the group’s carbon footprint and subsequent reductions. Following the group’s first year of actions, the team have seen a 62% reduction in Scope 1 & 2 carbon missions. This follows various actions that the manufacturer has put in place, including the installation of over 2,600 solar panels at its Chirk factory, installing seven electric vehicle charging points, upgrading to electric fork lift trucks and switching to 100% renewable power on site. The business also plans to eliminate all non-recyclable plastics from its packaging over the course of 2023. As a result, Archwood Group has already been shortlisted for two awards for its recent sustainability achievements at the FSB Sustainability Awards and the Wales Business Awards for ‘Green Business of the Year’. Both its Chirk factory in North Wales and in Livingston, Scotland are included within the Net Zero commitment to measure and reduce the direct emissions, including transportation from timber sources to the supplier, to Archwood Group and onto the customer. Now, a full carbon reduction plan has been established to continue these year-on-year results. Across the entire business, from fuel to energy, a long-term commitment has been put in place to achieve Net Zero by 2050 and reduce global carbon emissions by 50% before 2030. Further ambitions include: eliminating all carbon emissions from fuels consumed at all operational sites and its internal HGV fleet by 2030, as well as achieving zero carbon emissions and the ability generate 100% of its own energy requirement by 2030. Josh Burbidge, Managing Director of Archwood Group, comments: “A total reduction of 62% in carbon emissions within one year is an incredible achievement and demonstrates all of the hard work that our team has dedicated towards our sustainability goals.” “The carbon reduction plan now set in place at Archwood will ensure these results are maintained and improved annually. Our involvement in the Race to Zero campaign is at the forefront of all of our business decisions and will continue to be in years to come.”READ ARTICLE
Here at Richard Burbidge, through our latest sustainability report, we have taken the time to analyse where our carbon footprint comes from to ensure we continue to deliver on our sustainable promises. The rising threat of greenwashing throughout competing industries has made it hugely important for us to document regular updates on our sustainability achievements. This is especially vital as we progress further with our pledges to achieve Net Zero, as part of the United Nations Race to Zero campaign, by no later than 2050 and halve our greenhouse gas emissions before 2030. We have taken the time to analyse where our carbon footprint comes from and ensure that we continue to deliver on our promise to give our customers the most eco-friendly and sustainable selection of timber products. Forming eco-friendly initiatives is crucial to our industries affect on the climate and we want to do our part in having a positive impact on the planet and society. Here’s just some of our most recent achievements: A zero waste to landfill policy, which means that 100% of our wood waste is recycled and repurposed. Recent solar panel installation at our Chirk factory, where we now generate 40% of the sites total energy requirements and helps to reduce our carbon emissions. Installation of seven electric vehicle charging points at our HQ carpark. Plans set in place to eliminate non-recyclable plastics from all of our packaging throughout 2023. Created six realistic objectives across the whole business to work on this year: carbon footprint, energy, packaging, commuting, waste/recycling and sustainable timber. Reflecting on the past year, our Manager Director, Josh Burbidge, describes how the business is setting the benchmark with Net Zero goals and year-on-year transparency towards their sustainability progress: “At Richard Burbidge, we’re passionate about design, manufacturing and the sustainable sourcing of timber products. We feel truly privileged to work with this incredible resource every day and we will always champion and support sustainable timber sourcing and production.” Download the full Sustainability Report 2022 here.READ ARTICLE