John Roper, Managing Director of Ashtree Vision & Safety, has always been focused to ensure Ashtree is environmentally conscious business.
John says, “Many years ago, somebody from the local Business Link commented that they wished they could bring people round our factory to show how we recycled as much as we could and how little went to landfill. Therefore, it was a natural progression for us to become ISO 14001 approved with the major hurdle in our way being that we had no formal system in place even though we already did many of the things required, albeit it an ad-hoc manner.
The indirect start of the journey towards PAS 2060 was when we had solar panels installed. We have always been conscious of the fact that we have a building that lends itself to solar panels, east/west orientation, and so we took the plunge in 2020 with a 100kwh system. We took advantage of lockdown to reorganise our manufacturing area to create one big work area, thereby removing the oldest/largest of our gas heaters to help reduce our gas consumption further. Since then, we have gone 100% gas free and heat the building with electricity, sourced from a “green” supplier, and we have more plans for the future.
When we decided that PAS 2060 was the way we wanted to go, we contacted several different organisations who would have been able to work with us towards our goal and, out of them all, Auditel were the ones who stood out.
Once I decide to do something I want it done now and Auditel was the ones who seemed to share my passion and enthusiasm to do it and do it last week. Huw was our main contact in this process, and he’s been great; helpful, knowledgeable, and with a good dash of humour he’s helped us get to where we are and we’re grateful for the help that all at Auditel have given us.”
Auditel’s Carbon Specialist Huw Williams continues, “Working with John and his passionate team has been amazing. When it comes to reducing their emissions, they are truly leading the way. I look forward to helping them refine their carbon reducing plans to find low carbon suppliers and solutions over the coming years. These plans will help further reduce their carbon footprint as they strive to become a Net Zero business.”
“Ashtree has always been environmentally conscious as a business and to now be able to to say that we are now a PAS 2060 Verified Carbon Neutral Business makes me very proud.”
John Roper Managing Director Ashtree Vision & Safety
ABOUT: Ashtree Vision & Safety
Premier European designers and manufacturers or mirrors, mirror arms and specialists in warning and safety products for commercial vehicles. Please take a look at our latest video that shows how Ashtree manufacture mirrors and mirror arms. Ashtree Vision and Safety have a mission to increase visibility and create solutions for blind spots on all types of vehicle and machine. Now into our fifth decade of trading, we are Europe’s premier designers and manufacturers of mirrors and accessories for commercial vehicles. We produce a comprehensive range of mirror arms, mounting brackets and accessories and we also distribute warning and safety products for on and off highway vehicles.
Family owned and managed, Ashtree have ambitious plans for the next decade and recently became the UK distributor for Nordic Lighting. With no outside share holders to be accountable to we are able to create and distribute products that we feel are the best solution rather than something that would satisfy a balance sheet. Designing internally, or working with consultants when required, enables us to manufacture the commercial mirrors and accessories that we feel offer the best solution to a visibility issue.