Heat Merchants Group has made the Low Carbon Pledge!

Heat Merchants Group are one of 43 companies sign low carbon pledge to cut emissions

Heat Merchants Group (Heat Merchants and Tubs & Tiles) joined over 40 other leading companies to made a pledge to significantly reduce carbon emissions at a summit organised by the Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) in the Mansion House today. (14th November 2018)

Under the terms of the low carbon pledge the companies commit to reduce both Scope 1 and Scope 2 carbon emission intensity. Scope 1 emissions are the greenhouse gases produced directly from sources that are owned and controlled by the company, such as fuels used in vehicles, boilers and furnaces. Scope 2 emissions relate to indirect greenhouse gases from purchase of electricity.

Heat Merchants Group is in the process of installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof of their business support offices and central distribution hub in Athlone in a major show of support for commercial solar PV green energy. The installation will generate up to 150kWp of renewable power, and will reduce consumption from the grid by circa 120,000 kWh per annum preventing approximately 80,000kg of harmful carbon dioxide from being released to the environment each year.

As part of its ongoing commitment to reducing the company’s carbon emission, Heat Merchants Group will introduce electric vehicles to the company fleet and will install two vehicle charging points in their Athlone facilities. Additionally, the project to replace all light fittings in the 45 locations nationwide with energy efficient LED lighting has been completed and will achieve savings of approximately 667,000 kWh per annum or 447,000kg of carbon dioxide. The upgrades to energy efficient lighting and the installation of the solar photovoltaic panels were supported by the Better Energy Communities program which is offered by SEAI to assist energy efficiency community projects through capital funding, partnerships, and technical support.

The company has also installed a training centre to provide training on the installation and servicing of domestic solar PV systems to support the introduction of this clean energy technology to the market. Heat Merchants Group Managing Director, Alan Hogan said: ‘Heat Merchants Group is a key promoter of sustainable energy solutions for both domestic and commercial projects and custom designs PV solutions for both domestic and commercial applications. The recent announcement of a SEAI grant of up to €3,800 for the retrofit of solar PV into homes build before 2011 has generated huge interest in the market and demonstrates policy makers commitment to promoting solar PV as a clean energy solution for Ireland’s homes and businesses’.

Welcoming the move, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Richard Bruton T.D said, “The decisions we make now in tackling climate change will define the next century. I’d like to commend the 43 companies taking part in this pledge, for their leadership and foresight. We need to dramatically step up our response to climate change. By leading the way, we can take advantage of the opportunities offered in a low carbon climate resilient economy. If we fall further behind, these opportunities may become more elusive or worse be completely lost. All companies making the pledge today are leading the way and I congratulate Business in the Community Ireland for their work in this crucial area.”

Business in the Community Ireland CEO Tomás Sercovich said: “This is the first time that Irish businesses have made a dedicated pledge to reduce carbon emissions. According to the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, we have just 12 years to make a fundamental transformation to a low carbon economy so business has a vital role to play.”