Carbon reduction award for Oakland International

Redditch, UK: Oakland International has won the Small Company category in the  West Midlands Carbon Reduction Awards at the Business in the Community’s 30th anniversary celebrations held at Edgbaston.

David Hoey, human respurces and purchasing director, Oakland International said he was delighted the company had been “formally be recognised as an environmentally sustainable distribution operator within the retail distribution sector”.

Environmental initiatives the firm include installation of efficient LED lighting, an electric-vehicle charge unit installation, and solar panels that are anticipated to generate 39,304kWh per year.

Oakland has also installed an energy monitoring and management system to track each building’s energy performance, providing live data feeds to enable the energy management of high and low performing areas of the business.

The next step is to display this live data on a screen in reception to engage and inform employees and visitors about energy usage on-site.

Oakland has also extended its existing reed-bed sewage system, supporting their organic business growth and catering for increased numbers of employees at the Redditch site.

Steve Fitzgerald, head of membership, Business in the Community said: “The judges were very impressed with the overall quality of this year’s entries and found the judging process difficult with such a high quality field. Oakland International can be justly proud of their Award against such strong opposition.”