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No/low carbon system providing major reduction in heating costs & reducing our carbon emissions by up to 25%.

After 18 months of planning we are proud to announce the installation of our new biomass heating system.

This system utilises compressed wood pellets to generate hot water for heating our offices and factory spaces and, due to the sustainable production and rapid growth of the plant material used (biomass), the system can be classified as no or low carbon, as the CO2 released through burning the fuel is absorbed by the growing crops.

Having engaged with many prospective contractors in a bid to get the right system for our needs we decided to recruit Tomkinson Heating, a heating and biomass specialist based in Macclesfield, Cheshire.

Together with Tomkinson's we chose a 199 kw Strebel boiler which was mounted in a shipping container along with the water vessel and fuel store and sited in a corner of our car park. Due to its location planning consent was required, which was granted on December 2012.

As the fuel is fed into the boiler and burned, hot water is generated and stored in a 4000 litre tank, housed within the new 'boiler room'. This hot water is then pumped into our existing raditor system and via a heat exchange unit in the hot air ducting in our factory, where a fan blows the now hot air throughout the ducting system to where it is needed. We have fully retained the existing heating system to act as back up and to provide additional heat on the coldest days of the year.

We have estimated that this system will reduce our carbon emissions by up to 25% and help isolate us from the continued rise in fossil fuel prices. We have also entered into a supply relationship with Billington Biofuels, a local wood pellet supplier in Liverpool.

Managing Director, Chris Benson said "We believe we are a forward thinking, environmentally responsible Liverpool company, and this investment is a testament to that belief. With the support of the RHI it is also a sound business decision - saving us a few bob along the way!"

For further information please feel free to contact Graham Barker, Environmental Coordinator or Chris Benson, Managing Director on 0151 298 1567.

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 Burying conduit                                        Awaiting delivery

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 Delivery                                                                                                   Unloading

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 Connected and commissioned                                                        A delivery of pellets



We were approached in 2012 by BikeRight!, an organisation dedicated to promoting and encouraging cycling in Merseyside and beyond. BikeRight! offered us the funding to purchase an eight bike cycle shed, designed and manufactured locally. The shed was ordered in November 2012 and installed in December. It is designed with security in mind, as this was seen to be a barrier to staff cycling to work. It features two large lockable doors and a tough polycarbonate shell, designed to keep both the weather and would-be thieves out!




From left: Jo Somerset, director of BikeRight!, Cllr Malcolm Kennedy, and Chris Benson

Managing Director, Chris Benson said
“As a key local employer with a strong interest in environmental issues, we are keen to be part of any initiative that is of benefit to our staff and the environment. It's early days for the programme but it dovetails nicely with our existing tax-free cycle to work scheme, where staff can buy tax-free bicycles to commute.”

Funding for the shelter was provided by BikeRight!, Merseytravel and Liverpool City Council

At Benson Signs we have been providing staff with financial support for the purchase of new bikes for a number of years, via the Tax Free Cycle programme and our supplier Cycle Surgery, which has resulted in many new bikes being purchased. This has a real benefit to staff, as it not only encourages staff to increase their general fitness outside of work, but also by cycling to work.

For further information, please feel free to contact Graham Barker, Environmental Coordinator or Chris Benson, Managing Director on 0151 298 1567.

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