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Security provider slashes energy use

Magenta Security, a security guards provider which has operations in Manchester, has cut its energy use by 75 per cent since 2001 in pursuit of becoming an industry frontrunner on sustainability.

Magenta Security, a security guards provider which has operations in Manchester, has cut its energy use by 75 per cent since 2001 in pursuit of becoming an industry frontrunner on sustainability.

The company was the first in the manned guarding industry to be awarded ISO 14001 in 2001, and has continued its focus on sustainability over the last fifteen years. 

A company-wide energy saving initiative at its head office in London alone has cut its energy bill from £16,000 to less than £2,000 and taken the building’s energy efficiency rating from an F to a C rating.

Energy saving success

The project includes a 10kW rooftop solar system, which is expected to pay back on investment in four years when combined with the wider energy saving activities, such as a low energy zoned lighting system which has cut £10,000 off the energy bill.

The company also invested £25,000 in digitisation, which has helped to create a paperless office. 

Meanwhile, hybrid, LPG and electric vehicles in the company’s fleet are reducing the company’s environmental impact across the country.

The company’s commitment to sustainability - which is supported at the top from managing director Abbey Petkar - has seen its energy usage drop by three quarters, despite organisational growth, increased head count and additional need for resources.

‘Demonstration to business community’

“From PIR lighting systems, solar panels and new heating systems to digitisation and recycling, we are committed to the environment at every level of the business”, Abbey Petkar said.

“Reducing energy usage and increasing efficiency is a long-term process. So far, we have achieved 75 per cent, one day that will be 90 per cent, maybe more. 

As well as making significant efficiency savings, Magenta’s sustainability shift is also driven by customer demand - a survey of its clients showed that 85 per cent consider CSR a key issue and are more likely to work with a CSR-focused supplier. 

“This is not just a major milestone for us but also a demonstration to the rest of the business community”, Abbey Petkar added.

“We only have one planet and businesses need to appreciate what is possible. We have time and again sought new ways to reduce our energy consumption and be the industry frontrunner in our commitment to the environment.”