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Prime Minister opens sustainable office building in Oxfordshire

Posted on 17 July 2013

David Cameron praised sustainable building design and eco-products on Friday when he opened the new HQ of Polythene UK in Oxfordshire.

The packaging company is already certified carbon neutral and their new offices based in Witney are equipped with a renewable energy system.

David Cameron praised the company's green mission during his visit on Friday, complimenting the new sustainable office building and the eco-packaging products that Polythene UK provide.

The Prime Minister said: "The new office building is fantastic and I am pleased to hear just how environmentally friendly it is. With their new offices and products Polythene UK are certainly proving their green credentials and I hope that other UK businesses will feel inspired to follow in their footsteps."

The new 8,000 sq ft office building is completely self-sustaining, fitted with heat pumps powered by a 25kW solar PV system.

The solar modules deliver 22,000 kWh of electricity per year to the 300 litre Ecocent air-to-water heat pump, two 25kW air-source heat pumps, 26 Thermovec radiators and the lighting, which is LED, the lowest energy consuming, throughout.

Rainwater is captured and used from two water butts, and all paper, envelopes and printer cartridges are recycled.

In the transport department, Econospeed is fitted into all delivery vehicles to save around 15% of average fuel use as well as reducing wear and tear.

All building systems were designed, manufactured, and installed by Oxfordshire based manufacturer Earth Save Products.

James Woollard, managing director at Polythene UK, said: "It's been an absolute honour to have David Cameron come down to open the new sustainable office building. It's fantastic that we're being recognised for our green efforts.

"CSR is becoming a key trend within the industry right now and we're lucky enough to be able to help our clients carry out their green agendas by providing real green solutions. Consideration for our impact on the environment will continue to be our main focus from both operational and industrial viewpoints.

"We fully intend, as an industry leader, to set the environmental standards for others to follow. Our mission is to be as carbon-positive as possible, which is why we've heavily invested in the new fully-sustainable office building as well as product innovation," he concluded.

 

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