Calor Gas turns up the heat on its sustainability agenda

Members News - Leadership - Nov 28, 2018

Business in the Community Ireland

Calor understands that it has an important role to play in powering rural Ireland and providing innovative alternatives to carbon-intensive fuels. It’s no surprise, therefore, that sustainability is at the heart of Calor’s business strategy in Ireland. Calor is fully committed to supporting environmental best practice and sustainable development and its employees are key enablers and champions of the company’s sustainability agenda.

Calor sees an opportunity, and feels a responsibility, to contribute to a better world. A world which is trying to balance the need for secure, cost effective energy, with the imperative to reduce their carbon emissions. Calor helps businesses and communities in rural Ireland to switch away from heavily polluting oil and solid fuels. Its aim, through this, is to create cleaner air and dramatically lower carbon emissions.

 “People’s expectations of energy are changing and Calor is evolving and innovating to meet those expectations and to play its part in Ireland’s energy transition.  People expect energy providers, like Calor, to take a lead.” said Gino Vansteenhuyse, CEO, Calor.

Calor was delighted to join the Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) network in 2018. Calor fully supports BITCI’s objective that businesses in Ireland should lead by example and tackle the major issues facing our communities, our country and our planet.

Calor’s team gave a warm welcome to Maureen O’Donnell from BITCI last month to host a workshop on the topic of sustainability. The team took time to consider what corporate social responsibility (CSR) means to their business and discussed a review of how Calor is performing today across the five key sustainability pillars. The interactive, lively and engaging session gave Calor an important opportunity to take stock of where it stands today and how it can best embed its sustainability strategy across the business going forward.

Over the last 80 years, Calor has supplied Liquefied Petroleum Gas, or LPG, to homes and businesses off the national gas grid in rural Ireland. The carbon footprint of LPG is 20% lower than that of heating oil and 50% lower than coal.

In April 2018, Calor launched BioLPG, Ireland’s first certified renewable LPG for homes and businesses. BioLPG allows customers to switch to a green, clean renewable gas alternative. Calor BioLPG is certified at EU level as offering up to 80% lower emissions. Using BioLPG also dramatically reduces the level of particulate emissions when compared to coal or oil.

Catherine Hannon, Public Affairs and Sustainability Manager, said “No audience better understands the need for sustainable solutions than rural communities. By helping our customers to make a small change, we can make a big change for Ireland and for our environment”.

In just under six months, Calor was already almost half way toward a target that 10 per cent of its LPG sales will be BioLPG by 2020.

Through its membership of Business in the Community Ireland and as a founding sponsor of the educational Cool Planet Experience, Calor continues to demonstrate its commitment to a sustainable future for its business, employees, customers, suppliers, the environment and the community in which it operates.


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