Locators’ Energy & Carbon Saving Initiatives

As a business – and as individuals – we are committed to minimising our environmental impact.

Over the last 10 years, we are proud to have implemented numerous eco-friendly initiatives.

Among the most significant of these was the installation of 200 solar panels on the roof of our headquarters in 2013. With the help of a 40% grant from Low Carbon Dorset, we later added another 150 panels in early 2020 and doubled our generating capacity.

So far we have generated over 350,000 kWh of clean, renewable energy.

Further initiatives include achieving ISO 14001 environmental accreditation in 2014. We have also since replaced every engine-powered car in our fleet with full battery EVs. This endeavour ran alongside a number of smaller but significant changes to our energy consumption, including:

Implementing energy efficient light sensors

Installing workshop & office destratification fans

Moved to a 100% renewable electricity supply contract

Switching lighting to LED throughout our offices and workshops

Switching to half-hourly metering, to provide enhanced consumption data

These investments not only reduce our impact on the environment but have enhanced our bottom line by reducing our costs. Over the past decade, Tony Stevens has responsibly researched and implemented these initiatives.

10 YEARS OF LIFTING GREEN STANDARDS AT LOCATORS

Locators are the South’s leading supplier of materials handling equipment and storage systems.

We work with some of the largest companies in our area as well as many of the smallest too. Our experts help businesses grow their sales by supplying forklift hire services and more. With strong succession planning in place, we aim to be around for many years to come. But we can only achieve this if we turn the tide on climate change.

Read on to see the full timeline of our past and planned green initiatives:

March 2011 - Low Energy Lighting

We replaced our T8 florescent office lighting for lower power usage T5. (LED lighting not cost-effective)

February 2012 - Hot Drinking Water Boilers

We installed these in place of kettles, reducing energy consumption

March 2013 - Solar Panels

We installed a 46 kWp solar PV array (171 panels), with a payback in less than 7 years (verified post-installation)

November 2013 - Workshop Destratification Fans

We installed these with an expected 30% reduction in our gas usage (confirmed post-installation)

September 2013 - Dyson Hand Blowers

We fitted energy-efficient units to significantly reduce our paper towel usage and carbon footprint

December 2013 - Workshop Lighting

We replaced the existing sodium lighting with low energy usage halogen lamps

February 2014 - Paint Shop Destratification Fans

We installed these with a similar reduction in our energy usage achieved in our main workshop

November 2014 - Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)

We purchased our 1st PHEV car to evaluate for future purchases

December 2015 - Occupancy Sensors

We fitted these so that non-office areas such as corridors only are lit when in use

March 2016 - Half-hourly Electricity Metering Contract

To better understand our usage when making future energy decisions

April 2017 - LED Office Lighting

We replaced the T5 low-power usage florescent office lighting with ultra-low consumption LED units

April 2017 - Office Window Films

On all external office windows, to minimise heat loss during the winter/solar heat gain in the summer

April 2017 - Office Destratification Fans

Following a successful trial, additional units fitted into high occupancy office areas

June 2018 - PHEV Cars

We purchased another 5 PHEV cars

December 2019 - Workshop & Stores Lighting

We replaced all workshop, prep building & parts store lighting, with ultra-low consumption LED units

March 2020 - Solar Panels

We expanded our existing 46 kWp solar PV array to 86 kWp, with an expected payback period of 7-8 years

May 2020 - Full EV Car

Purchased our 1st EV

June 2020 - Full EV Car

Purchased another 2 EVs

July 2020 - Office Phone System

Replaced with a modern VoIP system to facilitate home working, thereby reducing energy emissions

September 2020 - Laptops

Replaced all desktop PC infrastructure with laptops to facilitate home working, thereby reducing energy emissions

November 2020 - Lorry Tractor Unit

Replaced with one which has much lower fuel consumption & emissions

January 2021 - Electrical Energy Purchase Agreement

Renewed using a 100% renewable sources tariff

October 2021 - Invested in Electric-Powered Cars

Every engine-powered car in our fleet has since been replaced with full battery EVs

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

Despite significant efforts from fellow companies, governments and individuals from around the world, our planet’s temperature continues to rise.

Our team is committed to combating climate change. We want to help make the UK a cleaner place – but we know that this simply won’t happen overnight. To contribute to this ongoing process, we are formulating initiatives to pursue this goal. At present, we have the following under consideration:

Implemented a formal carbon footprint measurement system

Decrease fuel usage by reducing moving parts stock on engineers’ vans

Replace the workshop’s gas space heater with an air source heat pump

Seek accreditation for ISO 50001 energy reduction standard

Upgrade the air conditioning plant pack to utilise an air source heat pump

At Locators, we employ over 75 members of staff including 21 engineers. Our team are keen to do their bit for the environment, so we’ve trained them on how to be more environmentally friendly at work and at home. COVID-19 brought about a slew of setbacks but also provided glimmers of opportunity – which our staff have readily capitalised on in 2021.

We’re committed to ongoing improvements in the energy efficiency of our operations. Every day, we are working hard to be part of the solution and aggressively pursue our energy and carbon savings initiatives. As we pursue these goals, their value to both our business and society becomes clearer each and every day. Finding more renewable and low-carbon energy alternatives reduces energy intensity and many of our initiatives have helped to lower operating costs and drive sales. More importantly, however, our customers and business partners appreciate our emission reduction efforts.

As we pursue these goals, we encourage similar businesses to join our efforts and do the same.

To find out more about our industry-leading forklifts and storage systems, speak to one of our experts today on 01202 854 200 or email sales@locators.co.uk

What our clients say

We are very pleased with the change from an engine to an electric fleet. The trucks have been well received by our operators as they are comfortable and quiet to drive and give excellent protection from the elements. We even have the option and flexibility to use spare batteries and a simple battery change system if we ever want to work back to back shifts in the future. Locators also design, supply and install all types of racking and storage systems. They reconfigured the CooperVision warehouse for narrow aisle operation which increases the storage density and pallet locations. Locators supplied Aisle-Master articulated forklifts to work in this area.

Coopervision, Hamble

We have worked with Locators for nearly 20 years. We are confident they can always make the best use of the space we have available and provide us with forklifts that are well suited for the long loads and other stock we have to move.

Colin Macgregor
Director, Y Goldberg

Every time we look at an application, Locators approach it like a blank canvas and always recommend the best equipment for our business. Locators have proved themselves as a very reliable and proactive service provider by keeping our trucks working and our fleet costs as low as possible.

Adam Conrad
Group Transport Manager for Covers

Being able to work with one supplier for storage and materials handling has been a benefit to us. Locators managed the complete installation and ensured the correct materials handling equipment was specified for their design. They also service and maintain all of the equipment they have supplied and offer a rack inspection service to make sure our warehouse remains a safe working environment. We are very happy with our new facility and we believe we have made the best use of the available space.

Marc Congdon
Engineering Manager, Costa

We purchased our first Toyota forklift from Locators 14 years ago for our farm. This truck has been very reliable and is still in service so we had no hesitation in deciding to purchase another Toyota machine. Locators recommended an electric forklift for our machinery depot as it is very quiet, has low running costs and does not create any pollution, making it ideal for working both inside and outside. Our operators are very pleased with our new Toyota truck and our business is very happy to be operating a forklift that has such a low impact on the environment.

Ed Smales
Director, NFFM

Locators installed the new racking system within a tight timeframe while our business was fully operational. They have provided us with a facility that has a similar storage capacity and reduced the size of our forklift fleet allowing us to lease one building instead of two. We are very happy with the outcome.

Paul Bickell
Nippon Express

Locators gave us the benefit of working with just one supplier for all of the storage and materials handling requirements of this project. By mixing 3 and 4 wheel trucks from the same model range, we have gained extra pallet locations and have the option to battery change between them and work multi-shift in the future. I was initially sceptical that electric trucks could replace LPG, but I am very pleased with the successful outcome of this project.

Mark Davis
Logistics Supervisor for Hall & Woodhouse brewery

It is a great benefit to us that we have a single source supplier who understands the needs of our business. This saves us time, improves efficiency and ultimately reduces cost.

Richard Horrocks
Smurfitt Kappa