SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING

In June 2019, parliament passed legislation requiring the government to reduce the UK’s net emissions of greenhouse gases by 100%, relative to 1990 levels, by 2050. Doing so would make the UK a ‘net zero’ emitter. Net zero refers to achieving a balance between the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere. CO₂ is seen as the largest contributor to climate change.

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Dextra Group has been fully committed to UK manufacturing for over 40 years, never shifting its emphasis from the importance of producing high quality lighting products on home soil whilst delivering an industry leading service to its clients.

A rapidly changing world highlights the need to change our consumption patterns and minimise waste. The concept of the circular economy, legislation and an ethos focused on maximising product longevity bring obvious benefits in lessoning the collective environmental impact.

Dextra has made great steps towards improving the sustainability of its product ranges. Measures taken to ensure luminaires minimise their environmental impact:

  • Luminaires are designed for simplified field maintenance**.
  • Common head types are chosen for component fasteners.
  • Only components from European brands such as Philips, Osram and Tridonic are used, ensuring replacement parts are widely available.

Simplified field maintenance is only one part of the lifecycle story, longevity is equally important in reducing the waste and environmental impact of our product ranges.

Premium components

Only premium components offering market leading lifetime ratings are used, such as lithium emergency batteries with substantially longer life expectancies. LEDs are selected to offer maximum efficiency and service life with good thermal management and low operating currents.

**Many imported products are permanently sealed using bespoke bare circuits instead of replaceable drivers, ensuring single item component failure leads to entire product replacement.

Continuous improvements

Dextra constantly reviews its luminaire designs to ensure ever improving efficiency and longevity maximising benefits to customers and reducing the impact on the environment.

Bespoke wooden crates that require minimal cardboard protection further reduce waste and a requirement for processing packaging material on site, as all crates are returned to Dextra for resizing and reuse.

For decades Dextra has offered custom-made products including retrofit solutions permitting reuse of existing housings and diffusers, allowing installations to be upgraded to reliable LEDs with minimal waste.

“We have removed the vast majority of single use plastics and polystyrene from all of our packaging. Luminaire packaging is now in wooden crates with minimal cardboard usage, simplifying waste disposal on site with a single material type that can be fully recycled”

Rethinking recycling

Dextra operate a full Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling service through its delivery fleet which are back filled with waste luminaires, reducing unnecessary journeys. Over 95% of all equipment and products collected by Dextra Group are either recycled or reused.

Green machine

Dextra has embraced green energy in its manufacturing process, further reducing the company’s environmental impact and carbon footprint. The installation of solar arrays generate power to support operational functions and manufacturing equipment. Further benefits are realised through charging hybrid and electric vehicles operated by the company. Dextra Group are continually striving to source the most innovative, energy efficient and sustainable equipment for its manufacturing processes.

Carbon offsets

Despite all of the adopted sustainable innovations some CO₂ will unavoidably be released as the result of its manufacturing and business operations. In 2018 Dextra Group’s owner, Rupert Martin initiated a number of carbon offsetting measures on an estate in Exmoor.

They included changes to existing habitat management and a comprehensive carbon sequestration scheme. Across its 900 acres the estate working with DEFRA, Natural England and other stakeholders, is planting additional trees which absorb CO₂ and create a ‘carbon bank’ at an equivalent rate of 1 tonne of CO₂ per tree over its lifetime.

All calculations are monitored, assessed and verified via an independent specialist consultant. Implementing changes to the management of the land benefits existing habitats whilst creating new ones, results in a thriving, sustainable and diverse estate.

Following substantial tree planting and the inclusion into a Countryside Stewardship scheme, carbon storage increased across the estate to over 60,000 tonnes which equates to an annual CO₂ sequestration of more than 900 tonnes. In 2022 the estate is aiming to establish a further 10 hectares of new woodland with projected figures for increased carbon sequestration of 5%.

Commitment to the environment

Dextra will continue to operate the business in an ever increasing ecologically responsible manner that minimises risk to our; environment, employees, customers and the wider community.

To design and manufacture luminaires that are as energy efficient as possible through continuous internal research and development. Producing sensors and control systems that further reduce energy consumption via enhanced presence and natural daylight detection.

Dextra Group is proud to operate an ISO Integrated Management System. The accreditation confirms that Dextra Group meets the highest of international environmental standards.

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