Mathias & Sons’ direct operations are all under one roof, with their premises made up of administrative offices, warehousing for storage and logistics and a selection of machines and workstations to embellish garments & PPE. The varied work needs different lighting, heating and cooling conditions, which is challenging in industrial buildings like theirs.
The business committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions a few years ago. Since then, they have made progress, particularly by drastically reducing plastic packaging and waste from the products they source as well as moving their fleet to electric vehicles. They also replaced all of their lighting with low energy LEDs but wanted to do more to accelerate their journey.
Smaller, low-cost actions were also made at the same time. “Even the simple things like draft excluders on doors, and changing the door closer mechanisms to shut sooner, the little things that don’t cost a lot that still have an impact.” Jason also highlighted the changing culture within the business, encouraging their 45 employees to “think more about how we can behave more sustainably”.
“SMEs represent 99.9% of businesses in the UK, they play a massive part in our economy. It is critical that they are engaged with and supported to reduce the carbon footprint of the UK and make our region more sustainable. They often lack the expertise, but there is an awful lot of energy and drive to make things happen with the SME space.”
Having made significant progress, Mathias & Sons have further plans to build on their carbon-saving journey. “Our next areas of focus will be installing ceiling insulation in our offices and radiant heaters above our embroidery machine, which we hope will enable us to reduce the temperature in the warehouse by a couple of degrees”. They also plan to install thermostatic radiator valves to the heating system in the offices and would like to understand more about the indirect emissions from their supply chains.
CO2e savings calculated using BEIS Conversion Factors 2017. Energy costs calculated from BEIS Energy and Emissions Projections 2018, using 2020 retail prices. West of England Green Business Grants 2019-2023 is funded by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund and the West of England Combined Authority’s Recovery Fund.