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EMS Industries successfully applied for a grant for this work which totalled £14,577.15, and received their grant of £8,746.29 in December 2017.

Taking into account EMS Industries contribution of £5,830.86 and their estimated annual savings of £2,135, their project payback period is calculated as 2.7 years!

EMS Industries was formed as a partnership in 1995. Over the past 15 years, the company has evolved from being a service supplier to being one of the most respected ram pump and grit removal machinery manufacturers in the UK. The fundamental philosophy driving the company is to manufacture and provide robust engineering solutions using its own manufactured ram pumps, grit classifiers, vortex separators, crossflow separators and constant velocity separators.

The company, which is located the Tunstall Road Industrial Estate, Stoke on Trent and occupies ‘Unit 7’ which comprises office space on ground and mezzanine levels and ‘Unit 8’ which houses workshop and storage space. Construction is steel portal frame with solid concrete block and metal cladding, fitted with polycarbonate skylights throughout.

EMS Industries contacted the LCBEP team through the sben membership. Joe Meakin, Associate Director, confirmed they had already achieved ISO14001 standard but wanted to improve their environmental credentials further and were open to all opportunities.

Specialist low carbon consultant Environmental Solutions through Partnership (ESP) visited EMS to undertake a free LCBEP energy review that looked at all aspects of the business; existing EMS, vehicles and transportation, buildings, insulation and glazing, heating, cooling and lighting.

LCBEP Recommendation

On inspection, there was a mixture of lighting within the various units. Lighting within the offices was all of the ‘switch start’ T8 variety; in a combination of single and twin batten fixings. Lighting to the workshop floor is a combination of sodium (SON) suspended from the ceiling in the factory building. Within the stores, lighting is provided through T12 linear fluorescent battens, with smaller T8 fittings to the inspection lobby.

ESP recommended existing lighting be replaced with more energy efficient LED lighting and controls. This would potentially deliver annual energy saving of 20,948 kWh, cost saving of £2,135 and carbon emission savings of 9.8 TCO2e.