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Green measures ‘all add up’ says Lancs firm

Stephensons Dairy in Morecambe implemented a number of simple but effective energy improvements to buildings and vehicles after receiving support from expert advisors.

Stephensons Dairy in Morecambe implemented a number of simple but effective energy improvements to buildings and vehicles after receiving support from expert advisors.

The company is one of eleven businesses in Lancashire to have benefitted from the Low Carbon Innovation Forum, which was launched in 2017 by Lancaster University.

Managing director of Stephensons Diary, Steph Stephenson, praised the impact simple energy efficiency measures had had on her business.

Energy wastage

“I was hesitant at first because I assumed – wrongly – that a lot of the things we’d talk about would be outside our reach, financially. But actually the great thing is that it has shown me nothing is outside your reach, and that everything you do, no matter how small, has a positive impact”, she said.

“One of the first things we have done is put our lights on sensors, so now as soon as deliveries have been picked up, our fridges and the buildings go back to darkness. Plus we’re looking at the practicality of having the same plastic strips on our vans as we have on our doorways, to prevent energy wastage.”

Plastic

The firm has also taken action to reduce plastic waste after a visit to Lancaster City Council to learn about the city’s municipal waste challenges.

“We all got to see for ourselves the true scale of today’s plastic waste challenge. It completely inspired me to go back and make sure we hadn’t overlooked anything else that was possible.

“We’ve had customers say they’re trying to give up plastic as a New Year’s resolution, and we’re looking at getting their milk delivered in glass bottles. We’re also moving forward with supplying customers with pergal [dispensing] machines, so we can stop delivering 2L containers. 

“And we’ve had four vans modified to take trolleys, to avoid shrink-wrapping deliveries for customers who don’t need it. It all adds up, and I’m keen to carry on looking at alternatives.”

Regional support

The Low Carbon Innovation Forum is part of Boost, Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub. Expert energy efficiency support is also available in Greater Manchester through the Greater Manchester Business Growth Hub.