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PIL Membranes invests in green energy

Most of PIL Membranes’ power requirement is now generated by solar panels and a wind turbine.

UK-based PIL Membranes – a manufacturer of membrane systems for the global footwear industry – is putting green issues at the forefront of its long-term business strategy. During the past 18 months, the company has installed a solar power array of over 5,500 solar panels which generate 1,300 MWh of electricity per year. In addition, It has recently completed the second phase of its £4 million conversion to ‘green energy’, a state-of-the-art gearless wind turbine installation that will produce a further 4,500 MWh of electricity annually.

“The two together account for more than 70 per cent of the electricity requirements of the plant,” said Mark Vautier, PIL Membranes’ operations director. “These green energy sources will save approximately 3,000 tonnes of CO2 every year. With stable energy prices, we have a platform for long-term capital investments in the business, which will further improve our performance and help bring innovative new products to market.”

Green issues are reportedly driving many areas of the business, including ambitious waste reduction targets, a continuous drive to improve energy efficiency and the introduction of a range of solvent-free membranes.

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This article was originally published on page 3 of the December 2013 issue of SATRA Bulletin.

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