Gatwick Diamond Businesses Go Green!
14 November 2016
From bat boxes to biomass boilers, businesses across the Gatwick Diamond are embedding greener practices into their day to day operations.
50 delegates heard six pioneering businesses share their projects, initiatives and motivations at a Green Business Showcase, held at the Hilton London Gatwick Airport Hotel last week.
The Hilton’s Chief Engineer Elliot Porter discussed the range of energy and water saving initiatives the hotel has implemented. Between more well-known strategies such as conversion to LED lighting and lesser known technologies such as EndoCubes and Burner Management Systems, the hotel reduced total energy usage by 8.7% last year.
Denbies Wine Estate explained how environmental responsibility is an integral part of their business model. They’ve introduced precision viticulture and installed bat boxes; bats being a natural pesticide. Baystar Energy inspired guests with numbers, the ground source heat-pump they installed at Roffey Park, near Horsham, reduced annual CO2emissions by 30 tonnes and energy costs by £25,000.
Mike Williamson from Cleankill who presented at the event said “A pest control company might be seen as an unlikely ‘green business’ so we wanted to share how we look after our environment and take responsibility for animal welfare. Many guests were interested in our Harris Hawk, used to deter seagulls instead of nets and spikes.
The evening ended with newly inspired business leaders networking over wine and nibbles. Dave Humm from Varian Medical Services said “What inspirational businesses! We’ve picked up lots of ideas for our own organisation.”
The Green Business Showcase was part the University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform events programme, and held in partnership with Crawley Borough Council and Gatwick Diamond Business.
It was run by the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC, a not-for-profit company. Organisations interested in future events can sign up to their monthly email newsletter: www.sustainablebusiness.org.uk/network