Saturday, January 16, 2021

Leeds manufacturer launches renewables venture, pledges carbon neutrality

Bed and mattress manufacturer, Harrison Spinks, has pledged to become fully net carbon zero by the end of 2021.

The Leeds-based company plans to offset its entire carbon footprint, as the manufacturing company launches of Harrison Spinks Renewables, a major solar and wind power generation venture.

The fifth-generation manufacturer recently appointed commercial director and board member Ruairi Giles as head of sustainability across the business.

Its first annual sustainability report will launch in January 2021 and will detail various initiatives including the launch of Harrison Spinks Renewables, and the replacement of its fleet where possible and practical with electric vehicles, which will support the company in meeting its goal.

The announcement comes just weeks after Harrison Spinks revealed the opening of a dedicated recycling plant in the first half of next year, which would see it offer its own mattress recycling for free at a time when over 100,000 mattresses a week are burned or end up in landfill in the UK.

“Our industry needs to raise the bar to help tackle the enormous climate crisis we’re facing and we’re laying down our future plans as well as launching an entirely new function, Harrison Spinks Renewables,” said Simon Spinks, Chairman at Harrison Spinks.

He added: “The launch of Harrison Spinks Renewables is seismic and shows the extent of our commitment to reach net zero carbon, not in future decades, but next year.

“Initially we’ll work with interim partners to enable us to meet our carbon neutrality target by the end of 2021 but the medium-term goal is akin to many of our other innovations – we’ll invest and put plans in place to entirely offset our carbon footprint through our own initiatives and key to this will be our solar and wind power venture.”

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