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Aico expands photovoltaics installation in push for Net Zero target

21 March 2022

AS PART of its Net Zero pledge, fire safety systems manufacturer Aico has increased the number of photovoltaic (ie solar) panels on the roof of its headquarters in Oswestry and, in tandem, is now installing more electric vehicle charging points.

As a specialist in the arena of home life safety, Aico places sustainability at the forefront of its business operations. The company continually looks for ways in which to reduce its environmental impact year-on-year, both locally and on the national stage.

Last year, Aico made a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. Following on from this, the company joined the Zero Carbon Shropshire 2030 pledge and now works with other local businesses in the Shropshire Climate Action Partnership to work towards decarbonisation, large-scale restoration of biodiversity and the creation of more sustainable businesses.

Aico is also one of only 300 companies globally to become a member of The Climate Pledge initiative and is a Construct Zero company, helping to drive change by sharing innovative solutions and setting transparent goals as well as clear actions that everyone can help to achieve.

Solar panel system

Aico has now increased its solar panel system from 32 to over 200 units in order to realise a 160 kw system, which will enable the business to reduce its carbon emissions on a significant basis.

As stated, Aico has kick-started a project to increase its number of electric vehicle charging bays from four to ten to allow for more colleagues and visitors who own emission-free vehicles.

Lee Duffy, Aico’s operations and learning and development manager, has overseen the project and is delighted with the progress realised to date. Duffy commented: “We’ve made a commitment to be Net Zero by 2030. The measures we’re taking at present are just the start of our journey towards this goal. It’s critical that we all act on this matter. As a business, we have a responsibility to make the community we call ‘home’ cleaner and more sustainable.”

*Further information on The Climate Pledge is available online at www.theclimatepledge.com

**Additional detail concerning Construct Zero companies can be accessed at www.constructionleadershipcouncil.co.uk/constructzero

***To learn more about the Zero Carbon Shropshire 2030 pledge and the Shropshire Climate Action Partnership visit www.zerocarbonshropshire.org

****Aico’s sustainability initiative is detailed at www.aico.co.uk/sustainability