Epson UK is head-quartered in Hemel Hempstead and is part of the Seiko Epson Corporation. Although it is a country office, it still manages to meet and exceed all the key corporate drivers for energy efficiency and sustainability.

The elements of this include comprehensive energy data collection, calculation of performance indicators and compliance with ISO14001. A new staff induction programme includes identifying the importance of energy efficiency. In common with other Epson facilities, there is a ‘green factory committee’, and an unusual and impressive ‘energy mirror’ in the main entrance that records and displays real-time electricity and gas use for all to see.

“The mirror was installed a few years ago and enables our facilities team to monitor trends in the way the building is using energy,” says Sheila Cullen, Epson’s Facilities Manager. “It is linked to all the building machine infrastructure and displays energy used and seasonal trends. Monitors in various parts of the building and inside key machinery help to keep us informed of changes inside and outside.”

Epson was presented with the E.ON Energy Award in 2004 for the company that is most committed to reducing energy consumption within the Carbon Trust efficiency standards.

Among the work that has been carried out since Epson was first accredited three years ago are:

  • phased implementation of energy efficiency lighting (high frequency ballasts with movement detectors throughout)
  • introduction of flat screen monitors throughout the offices
  • networking PCs to new energy saving printers
  • instructing security contractors to switch off unnecessary plant and equipment

    Energy consumption per employee fell by 21 per cent from 446 to 349 kWh per capita over the 2001-3 period.

    Epson UK

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