AET Strengthens its Green Credentials

March 16, 2020

Advanced Engineering Techniques has always taken its social responsibilities seriously, and this naturally extends to the environment. With fabrication and sheetmetal work being such an energy hungry sector, where AET sources its energy from has been a consideration for some time. When Purchasing Manager, Dax Copeland, began his review of the wholesale energy market, the green credentials of the various suppliers was a key factor in the decision-making process.

‘We spend around a quarter of a million pounds a year on electricity so getting the best value for the business is uppermost in our minds, but how that energy is generated has become an increasingly important consideration. With this in mind, I’m delighted that our new energy provider, Haven Power, provides all its energy from fully renewable bio-mass generators, as well as being one of the most competitive on the market’

Haven Power is the distribution arm of the Drax Group which owns and operates Drax Power Station in East Yorkshire, just 30 miles from AET. Drax produces around 15% of the UK’s renewable energy and in on target to be fully renewable within the next 12 months.

Drax Group CEO Will Gardiner says ‘Ending the use of coal at Drax is a landmark in our continued efforts to transform the business and become a world-leading carbon negative company by 2030. Drax’s journey away from coal began some years ago and I’m proud to say we’re going to finish the job well ahead of the Government’s 2025 deadline.’

‘By using sustainable biomass, we have not only continued generating the secure power millions of homes and businesses rely on, we have also played a significant role in enabling the UK’s power system to decarbonise faster than any other in the world.

‘Having pioneered ground-breaking biomass technology, we’re now planning to go further by using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) to achieve our ambition of being carbon negative by 2030, making an even greater contribution to global efforts to tackle the climate crisis.’