Airmaster gains gold with an increased commitment to sustainability

Airmaster have completed their re-assessment and upgraded from Silver to the Gold membership with the Supply Chain Sustainability School.

21-year-old University of Sheffield student, Sam Casadei from Barnsley has played a key role in Airmaster gaining this gold membership. Sam who is studying for a MEng Interdisciplinary Engineering specialising in Energy and Sustainability, has completed 3 years study and is working with Airmaster as a Mechanical Design Engineer on his year out in industry before going back to complete his final year of his degree.

Sam said, “My role at Airmaster involves thermal modelling of buildings and carrying out design calculations to size and locate AC units. I am working on a project to look at Airmaster’s own energy usage, and how this can be reduced by solar panels, heat pumps, and water re-use. This all feeds into the bigger picture of assessing and challenging the current sustainability procedures at the company, to lead by example.”

Over the last 6 months the company has ‘demonstrated an increase in sustainability competence’, using the Supply Chain Sustainability School’s resources has positively impacted the business in a number of key areas:

Carbon management: The carbon management resources have been invaluable in allowing Airmaster to understand where carbon emissions arise within the business and give potential mitigation strategies to reduce these. Another key area has been to highlight the impact of the wider supply chain, and the value of sustainable procurement.

Assessing impact of emissions: The training sessions, such as the SBTi (Science Based Targets Initiative) webinar were also crucial, giving options for SMEs to go beyond the legal requirements for logging sustainability. Airmaster look forward to engaging further with these initiatives and set an example to the industry on how to manage the impact SMEs have on national emissions.

Benchmarking knowledge: The assessments and action plans have been highly useful in displaying the range of knowledge bases within the business, and how this compares to the industry average.

Sustainability training: The action plans were a great booster to prompt training on ethical practises, and the human aspects of sustainability – and areas of sustainability that are less publicised. The action plans overall have allowed Airmaster to develop a well-rounded sustainability skillset, far beyond the level achievable without the help of the school.

New income streams: The school has helped to highlight potential new income streams or the possibilities to streamline current processes, which will assist with the strengthening of the integrated management system, currently 14001 and 9001.

Managing Director, Lisa Pogson said “We are delighted to have achieved the Gold membership with the Supply Chain Sustainability School, we are long-standing member and have continued to see the value as increasingly our clients are now requesting higher levels of membership to be on preferred contractor lists. We welcome this as a huge step forward for the industry to continue to improve its carbon footprint as we work towards a net zero goal.

Lisa continued “We aim to use the carbon calculator to develop an in-house suite of tools to report carbon and integrate this into our standard practice. Being aware of the continually developing legislation around sustainability will reduce risks associated by penalties for non-conformance and produce cost savings in the future. Maintaining the level of training with the school will allow Airmaster to continue to develop our skillset to benefit our clients and as well roll out the training modules to more staff it will assist us with remaining ahead of the curve.”

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