In order to support Andover’s Climate Day of Action Bowyer Engineering attempted our first Carbon neutral day at the factory.

With our new LED lighting and IT infrastructure, the majority of our power consumption as a business comes from our machine tools and compressors. During our factory re-fit we installed a new efficient compressor with reservoir and replaced all the hissing pipes. During the summer months our 5 Axis CNC machines run almost completely from power from our 99.6 kW photovoltaic array, subsidised by power we push into the grid at weekends for the early mornings and evening working.

We are extremely proud of our employees having managed to remove 24 petrol and diesel cars from the Andover roads and supporting the Climate Day.

We had:

• 7 cyclists (including a 44 mile round trip)
• 6 Working from home
• 9 on leave
• 7 Walking
• 1 Electric car
• And 2 running!

Where we could not avoid a carbon footprint, company owners Michael and Heather Bowyer have planted 5 trees to offset this impact. We are very aware of how difficult it is to make an Engineering business environmentally friendly, but I like to think we attempted to make a difference, even in a small way.

 

CO2 Emissions calculations / assumptions
Over the last month Bowyer Engineering has Exported to the grid 5,243 kWh and Imported 7,601 kWh. This created a deficit of around 102 kWh per day (assuming we are currently only working Monday to Friday). This with standard electricity supply would produce 28kg of CO2 per day (Using 3,600 kWh produces 1 tonne of CO2).
Cars to the factory:
82 km @ 180 g/CO2 per km produce 14kg of CO2
10 km @ 130 g/CO2 per km produce 1.3kg of CO2
Working on 1 tree can remove approximately 30kg of CO2 in 1 year requires us to plant 2 trees to cover today only.