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King's Lynn's Williams Refrigeration boss says business is committed to energy saving

By Julie Graham, Business Editor

Lynn-based Williams Refrigeration has underlined its sustainability credentials by achieving recognition of its commitment to using energy more efficiently.

The business, located on North Lynn Industrial Estate, has been awarded an ISO 50001. The accreditation covers energy management for the design, manufacture, installation and service of commercial cabinets and modular products.

Tim Smith, managing director of Williams Refrigeration and CEO of the AFE Group, which owns Williams, said: “Sustainability and energy saving have to be everybody’s top priorities. I’m truly proud of the team effort that went into achieving ISO 50001 – it shows that all of us at Williams are committed to minimising our impact on the environment.”

ISO (the International Organisation for Standardisation) awards the 50001 energy management certification to organisations that develop efficient energy usage policies, use data to make decisions about energy use, and continually improve energy management.

Domonic Mace, left, senior manufacturing operations manager, and Mark Painter, health and safety manager, who led the Williams project to achieve ISO 50001. (9016004)
Domonic Mace, left, senior manufacturing operations manager, and Mark Painter, health and safety manager, who led the Williams project to achieve ISO 50001. (9016004)

In order to achieve certification Williams identified and monitored key areas of high energy and fuel usage, from its plant machinery to the processes it employs. It then introduced initiatives to minimise consumption.

Williams already has a massive photovoltaic solar panel system installed across two of its factory’s roofs. These panels generate about 500,000kWh of electricity per year, reducing the company’s annual CO2 emissions by 300 tonnes.

As part of its ongoing ISO 50001 commitment, the company is now exploring ways to take advantage of the energy the panels produce during non-working hours, by installing battery packs to store it for later use.

That commitment to the environment is outlined in Williams’ Greenlogic initiative, details of which can be found via the CSR section of the Williams website. Under the initiative, Williams has also achieved ISO 14001 certification, which measures all environmental impacts within the organisation.

Williams is the latest AFE Group company to achieve ISO 50001 certification, following on from sister companies Falcon Foodservice Equipment, Millers Vanguard and Serviceline.

Williams Refrigeration offers a comprehensive range of commercial refrigeration including gastronorm cabinets and counters, specialist bakery equipment, coldrooms, merchandisers and blast chillers.


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