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Artex receives funding to install biomass heating system

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UK construction products distributor Artex has received £300,000 (€349,000) to install a biomass heating system.

The company, which forms part of the Saint-Gobain Group and is based in Nottinghamshire, was chosen as a recipient of Saint-Gobain’s INVEST Carbon Fund, one of two carbon funds available to businesses and employees to suggest ways in which carbon can be reduced from its activities.

Artex’s biomass heating system will completely replace and decarbonise the site’s heating system. It is estimated this improvement will reduce CO2 emissions by 150 tonnes per year.

Jason Smith, managing director at Artex, said: “We are delighted to secure this much-needed funding, which will go a long way to reducing carbon emissions across our business and work towards Saint-Gobain’s mission of ‘Making the World a Better Home’.”

Two other companies received support from the fund; builders merchant Jewson received £250,000 (€291,000) to spend on its Wishaw branch in North Lanarkshire to install high-performing insulation, LED lighting, solar photovoltaics and an air source heat pump to reduce emissions by 19 tonnes a year. Jewson Civils Frazer, a provider of specialist civils and utility products, received over £100,000 (€116,000) to replace existing electric heating systems with air source heat pumps in four of its UK sites, to save 56 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

“Our Carbon Funds encourage our employees to come up with innovative ideas or change, from small everyday actions to high-impact investments,” said Mike Chaldecott, chief executive of Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland.

“As they deliver their projects later this year, our colleagues will be making tangible differences to their work environments and climate change. The funds will grow in size over the years ahead – for every tonne of carbon saved by the business, an extra €50 will be added to the size of the fund.”