The SDC Group is committed to the use of renewable energy sources and has made a number of significant capital investments in renewable technologies in a bid to minimise our carbon footprint and manage our environmental responsibilities both now and in the future.
Biomass Boilers were installed as a direct fuel replacement for oil or electricity at office buildings in Toomebridge and Antrim. The sustainable boilers are capable of burning both wood pellet and wood chip, offering a reduction in CO2 emissions from the Group of 230T per annum. The renewable investment in excess of £100k will be in place for at least 20 years, ensuring that the SDC Group has a long term commitment to the renewable generation of heating.
Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels
SDC have installed PV electric systems across two locations to act as a direct electricity replacement up to a 50Kw threshold. The 2 solar installations are on course to generate circa 92,000 Kwh of electricity in the year post installation, which will represent a reduction in Co2 emissions from the Group of 50T per annum. The SDC Group invested £140k in the solar installations representing our ongoing commitment to long term environmental sustainability.
Electrical car charge points
The SDC Group has invested in electric car charge points across 4 sites. With a company car in circulation that is powered solely by electric, it can avail of the electric charge, reducing the annual fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Both staff and visitors can also avail of the charge points.
Zero Waste Pledge
SDC made the ‘Zero Waste Pledge' working towards zero waste in order to reduce our environmental impact were possible. An example of this is recycling of SDC's wood waste - approximately 7 tonnes per week is transferred to a supplier in Belfast who recycles the wood into fuel logs, which are in turn donated to St Vincent de Paul Charity for use as home heating for the elderly and those living in poverty.