Wedge Group Galvanizing is proud to lead the way among galvanizers nationwide in terms of its sustainable credentials.
We are wholly committed to conducting our business in an environmentally responsible way with concern for the environment and sustainability at the heart of every process.
We are at the forefront of the industry and are committed to adopting processes and procedures which further enhance our sustainable qualities and ensure minimal impact on the environment.
Wedge Group Galvanizing incorporates and promotes the implementation of sustainable working practices into the core business by allowing each of our 14 plants across the UK to develop, manage and control its own environmental impact.
We actively seek to ensure practices across the whole business are as sustainable as possible, despite there being no current pressure from regulators to meet specific standards.
We believe companies across the industry will be required to meet regulations in future and we will then be ahead of the game.
Rather than adopting a general policy that merely ticks a box, Wedge Group Galvanizing has developed bespoke guidelines that are wholly in line with the nature of the business.
They set out sustainability practices across the Group that encompass every building as well as the materials and processes used with a view to improving energy use and environmental performance.
We ensure these aims are met through the provision of framework that enables each plant to develop a site specific Environmental Management System to manage and control environmental impacts giving due regard to local circumstances.
All business management systems must be maintained to meet or exceed the requirements with each Director and General Manager accountable for reinforcing the requirements of the policy.
The overarching principles set out our aim to reduce the environmental impact of our operations and activities through the prevention of pollution, the minimisation of waste and the efficient use of its resources.
We aim to continually promote efficiency through the use of cost-effective, energy reduction methods.
A further method implemented by Wedge Group Galvanizing is the re-use of 'waste' heat from the furnaces which are integral to the entire galvanizing process.
Each of the 14 plants has installed heat exchanger units which transfer waste heat from the furnace back into the process, for use within both the pre-flux and de-grease tanks.
Inverter controls are used on the electrical motors within some systems and an innovative low-flume flux has been developed to ensure emission limits are achieved with minimum use of energy-consuming abatement equipment.
As a private company, Wedge Group Galvanizing is able to look to the long-term and make plans that will benefit the environment and enhance its sustainability credentials for years to come.
All new sites planned for development over the next few years and beyond are being designed to incorporate these environmentally-friendly systems as standard.