Through Greenlogic Williams sets out its criteria for ensuring commitment is given to providing the most energy efficient and sustainable refrigeration equipment for today’s market.
In doing so we provide details of this pledge through the manufacturing processes we employ, the management systems adhered to, as well as the careful selection of components used.
Williams has achieved ISO14001 certification across all of its manufacturing plants (UK, Australia, China), for the design, manufacture and installation of refrigeration products – showing its commitment to reducing its environmental footprint and long term dedication towards decreasing the pollution and waste produced during the manufacturing processes.
We have achieved these results through a combination of hard work, vigilance and innovative procedures. For many years we have recycled scrap metal and plastic waste. All the wood we use is sourced from FCS suppliers, pallets are re-used and waste wood is recycled.
Our packaging is 100% recyclable, although the bulk of the packaging is re-used. We re-use shredded office paper for spare parts packaging. Our suppliers must also adhere to strict criteria to minimise their packaging.
We apply the same rigorous standards to liquid waste. We only use chemicals that are strictly required by our processes – and alternatives are actively sought for any considered harmful. All staff are fully trained with Spillage Procedures.
Regular inspections ensure nothing can contaminate the local drain system. Residues are collected, separated and sent to specialist waste handlers for treatment.
Williams has adopted a zero tolerance refrigerant leak strategy. All coils are pre-tested and again when the refrigeration system has been assembled using industry-best helium sensors - capable of detection to just 0.5g per annum.
Systems are purged during brazing with Oxygen Free Nitrogen (OFN) to reduce carbon build up, thus extending component, and in turn, product life.
We have also invested in a comprehensive range of energy-saving technologies, from low energy lighting to speed-shut doors that conserve heat in the production area. Our energy-saving procedures range from minimising heating by sharing office space, to function-testing products overnight, using off-peak electricity.
Staff are encouraged to think about sustainability at all times – to switch off equipment that’s not being used, to avoid unnecessary use of resources such as paper, to order products made from recycled materials, and so on.
In 2015 Williams installed a massive photovoltaic solar panel system across two of its factory’s roofs. The system, comprising 2,298 panels, is one of the largest rooftop installations in Europe.
The solar panels have to date generated an impressive 1021 megawatt hours of electricity and reduced the company’s annual CO2 emissions by 540 tonnes while cutting energy costs dramatically.
The PV installation is part of The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).
In 2016 £1.5m was invested in two further major items of plant equipment , underpinning Williams’ policy of innovation and continuous improvement. Not only does this ‘next generation’ plant equipment help to ensure our products are amongst the most energy efficient and sustainable available today, they also provide the very best in lean manufacturing, underscoring our ongoing commitment to quality, reliability and energy efficiency.