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Vospers Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

As a local family run business, Vospers is committed to helping positively impact the environment

To ensure our business positively impacts the environment, Vospers has made Environmental Commitments.

Find out more about the several environmental commitments we are making to a sustainable future by reading the below, and our featured Vospers Blog article.

Waste management

As a business we produce a varied amount of waste from general to workshop oils to cardboard. In partnership with Slicker we are able to remove and recycle the majority of our produced waste. Although our general waste all goes into one bin it is recycled at Devon Contract Waste Recovery Center where it sorted and either reused or upcycled into something like plastic benches. This reduces any requirement to send to landfill which is costly and is now not environment friendly.

Oil and waste products from the workshops are collected by Slicker and oil is reprocessed into base oil products. These oils are then used in the production of new carbon efficient lubricants emitting 30% less CO2 then crude oil. When the oil market is good we get a rebate back on our removed waste oil.

Issued parts produce a large amount of packaging mainly cardboard and the company has invested in an industrial cardboard compactor at Marsh Mills to recover as much cardboard as possible. By using our parts vans, which bring the cardboard back to Marsh Mills on their normal daily trips we are able to bale the cardboard reducing the number of waste bins on site and selling the cardboard on to be recycled. The saving of not having bins for cardboard to be placed in is over £25K and so far we have recycled 45 ton of cardboard in 2022 which is equivalent to the weight of 6.5 African elephants.
Devon Contract Waste
Devon Contract Waste

Solar Energy

At our Vospers Marsh Mills site we have a 50kW PV system to supplement electricity usage, for the first 8 months of the year our Marsh Mills site has consumed 288 MWh of power or 123,000 kettle usages. To help offset this usage our solar panels have produced 39.9 MWh of power offsetting electrical usage by 10%, they have also saved 10300 Kg of CO2 which would be equivalent to 480 trees being planted. As part of the investment in PV, in 2022 we installed a 100 kW system at Marsh Mills and a 230 kW system at Matford.

Solar Panels

Carbon Footprint and Energy Saving Investment

Vospers have investigated areas of high usage and have undertaken the following

  • Changes to the lighting from tube to LED in our workshops at Marsh Mills and Torbay.
  • At Valley Road, our Commercial Van Centre site, the bodyshop lighting was changed from 160w to 100w LED lights saving 3.1 kW and hour. With the average cost of 50p a kW then over a week usage of 55 hours this is saving £85.20 a week or £4260 a year as well as improving the working environment.
  • Mechanical sensors in our Parts department at Marsh Mills will reduce lighting usage in all first-floor areas
  • Changes to high usage office spaces to LED lighting.
  • Oil on demand system at our Marsh Mills site delivering the required amount of oil, reducing waste oil and the storage of oil barrels.
  • Installing ultra-rapid chargers at Matford and Treliske sites to support the increase of EV car sales. A 300kW charger, the largest capacity charger in the SW will be installed at Marsh Mills.
  • Cycle to Work scheme to help with purchasing bicycles.
  • Reduction in printing by working towards paperless process reducing the requirement for archiving of paperwork.

Future Projects

  • Reduction of the companies Carbon Footprint moving towards Net Zero.
  • Confirming that all sites are using the minimum of power when building are closed.
  • Further work on workshop and showroom lighting.

Live Data

Below you can view live date from our solar panels at Exeter and Plymouth: