Era is installing more than 2,600 solar panels at its UK headquarters in South Staffordshire as part of its commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
Forecast to achieve an annual energy output of 979,200 kWh, the solar panels are being fitted across the roof of the 135,000 sq. ft facility, which houses Era’s design, prototyping, manufacturing, assembly and warehousing operations, plus its UKAS accredited test house.
The deployment of renewable energy technologies forms part of Era’s parent company, Tyman UK & Ireland’s 2030 Sustainability Excellence Roadmap, which also includes dedicated carbon removal projects for hard-to-reduce carbon emissions.
The installation will enable Era’s headquarters to procure 100% of its electricity from renewable sources, according to sustainability programme manager Kerri Nadel.
She said: “The transition to renewable energy at our headquarters marks a significant step in our commitment to achieving sustainable operations, whilst building a sustainable culture and delivering more sustainable product and service solutions to our extensive customer base. This is the only beginning for our ambitions.
“We have a responsibility to take action now to support the government in meeting its 2050 net zero targets. Across all areas of the business, we are identifying how we can improve the environmental efficiency of our operations as part of Tyman UK & Ireland’s Focus-Define-Grow strategy.”
Tyman UK & Ireland has signed up for the Science Based Targets initiative as part of its 2030 Sustainability Excellence Roadmap. This will fully quantify its carbon footprint across its value chain and extend its targets to cover reductions across scope 3 emissions, which will also deliver the level of decarbonisation required under the Paris Climate Agreement. Era is also working in partnership with its OEM and distribution customers on a ‘minimise, eliminate, replace’ strategy, which includes removing plastic from display packaging, in addition to optimising the use of sustainable materials across all packaging.