At Audience Systems, we aim to be a responsible member of our community, to be a good employer to our staff, and to lead our industry in terms of environmental management. To that end, as well as meeting our statutory responsibilities, we actively work every day on reducing our environmental impact.
Product life has a major impact on carbon footprint. Our products enjoy a typical lifecycle of over twenty years, and are specificatlly designed to be easy to service and repair, with parts that are easy to replace. We also offer spares packages, allowing customers to undertake small repairs themselves.
With the help of EU 'Net Zero' funding, we have greatly improved the efficiency of our heating, lighting and compressors. We are continuing to take steps to reduce our energy use, including a rolling programme of further upgrades to our production equipment.
We actively seek to reduce our production of waste. For example, we have made major investments in CNC machinery which optimises material use.
We manage and segregate our waste streams to minimise landfill. Wherever possible, we re-use waste and offcuts within our own production facility, or donate it to local charities for repurposing.
Materials and Components
We ensure that our key suppliers have environmental safeguards in place relevant to their industry. We source locally wherever possible, and regularly review our materials to identify possible substitutions which would lower our environmental impact.
We offer a choice of fabrics that cater for different environments as sustainably as possible. For heavy use environments, a 100% post-consumer recycled polyster may actually be the most sustainable choice, becasue of its long life and outstanding durability. As an alternative, we offer durable fabrics based on natural fibres such as wool and flax.
We have tested representative samples of retractable platforms and chairs for emissions of three key chemicals: VOCs, formaldehyde and acetaldehyde. The emissions fell within safe limits specified within the BREEAM, LEED and WELL standards, and we can supply details to building designers on request.
We have reduced travel for all staff by using video conferencing wherever possible and introducing hybrid home and office working. We have hybrid or electric company vehicles where practical.
We train site staff in best environmental practice on site, including waste procedures, COSHH, safeguarding of people and wildlife, risk assessment and accident reporting.