Aerospace firm makes green changes to achieve top energy certificate

Electrical heating units being installed at Lockheed Martin UK's Ampthill site. The units, which have replaced the old oil-based heating system, are more efficient and greener, and have helped the site become certified to ISO50001.

Electrical heating units being installed at Lockheed Martin UK's Ampthill site. The units, which have replaced the old oil-based heating system, are more efficient and greener, and have helped the site become certified to ISO50001.

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Advanced technologies and defence firm Lockheed Martin has achieved the highest certificate for energy management after cutting electricity bills by more than £150,000 and almost halving fuel oil use.

Over the last year, the aerospace company has replaced lighting, installed energy-efficient heating units and fitted 77 electrical sub-meters to monitor energy use at its Ampthill site.

Recycling campaigns and processes have also been introduced, driving employee recycling rates up to 91 per cent.

It means that the Bedfordshire business is now the greenest of the corporation’s sites in the UK and has achieved the globally-recognised standard ISO50001 for energy management.

Director of operations at Ampthill Graham Harraway said: “Climate change and energy consumption is big news, especially with the recent summit and agreement in Paris, so we’re incredibly proud that our own efforts have been recognised.

“Lockheed Martin UK’s Ampthill site has grown enormously over the past few years, and we now employ more than 900 people. We’ve secured major contracts to work on armoured vehicles for the British Army and have significantly increased our manufacturing facilities. This growth meant that we recognised a need to improve our processes and to increase sustainability and energy efficiency.

“We put several measures in place and the whole business enthusiastically supported them. The results speak for themselves. Not only have we saved a huge amount of money, we’ve also reduced our energy consumption and emissions.

“We’re delighted to be the greenest Lockheed Martin UK site and we’ll keep looking for ways to improve.”

Across the world, as part of the company’s go green commitment, sites use energy management systems to reduce the consumption of electricity and fresh water and output of emissions.

Lockheed Martin UK’s Ampthill site is the first of the corporation’s locations to achieve ISO50001 – a standard that requires continual energy performance improvement and helps businesses address energy use, document and measure consumption, develop energy management plans and promote best practice.