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Sustainability

Fews are committed to environmental sustainability and it forms part of our long-term planning. Wherever possible we look for ways to adopt green working practices, including recycling goods consumed in the process of running the business.

From the structures we build to office paper to print cartridges, we make every attempt to operate efficiently, minimise waste and ensure used products re-enter the process to be converted in secondary goods.

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Proud to be an ALBERT supplier

We are an ALBERT supplier, and are focussed on a carbon-neutral offering.  We look at the whole of our operation to provide the most sustainable service that we possibly can.

Our challenge is to ensure that the way we do business, from the way we are powered to the processes we use, is as efficient and carbon neutral as possible. Our efforts are demonstrated below.

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Proud to be an ALBERT supplier

We are an ALBERT supplier, and are focussed on a carbon-neutral offering.  We look at the whole of our operation to provide the most sustainable service that we possibly can.

Our challenge is to ensure that the way we do business, from the way we are powered to the processes we use, is as efficient and carbon neutral as possible. Our efforts are demonstrated below.

Biomass at Fews

A continued investment in biomass

In the last 5 years we have invested over £1 million in an efficient, comprehensive biomass system to fuel our warehouse and offices, including the supply of heating and hot water. Burning biomass is as near to carbon-neutral as any energy source, with flammable plant matter being burned to release energy in the form of heat and power.

Biomass is an especially attractive fuel source because huge amounts of it are generated inadvertently through industrial and agricultural production. Harnessing this waste material and extracting more energy from it improves all-around efficiency and reduces the ecological impact mankind has on the environment.

Fews only use waste wood and employ an in-house team to source waste wood that cannot be used for other purposes.

See our Woodchipping section below

Biomass at Fews

A continued investment in biomass

In the last 5 years we have invested over £1 million in an efficient, comprehensive biomass system to fuel our warehouse and offices, including the supply of heating and hot water. Burning biomass is as near to carbon-neutral as any energy source, with flammable plant matter being burned to release energy in the form of heat and power.

Biomass is an especially attractive fuel source because huge amounts of it are generated inadvertently through industrial and agricultural production. Harnessing this waste material and extracting more energy from it improves all-around efficiency and reduces the ecological impact mankind has on the environment.

Fews only use waste wood and employ an in-house team to source waste wood that cannot be used for other purposes.

See our Woodchipping section below

Man putting wood chippings in furnace
Loading woodchip into the Biomass boiler
Wood chippings in warehouse
Woodchip on the drying floor

Biomass fuelled heating, state-of-the-art cleaning and storage

Our business is driven by biomass.  The heating of our offices and warehouses through the winter and hot water throughout the year to clean vehicles and marquee linings, biomass provides the energy for it all.

Using our state-of-the-art cleaning machine, matched with locally sourced eco-friendly cleaning products and water heated by our biomass boilers we are committed to cleaning with integrity.

This process is followed by our biomass heated oven which ensures our PVC is cleaned, dried and stored in the most energy efficient way possible.

All of our PVC roofs and walls, and internal linings are stored using a box system in a temperature-controlled biomass fuelled environment.  This eliminates mould and maintains condition, extending the usable life of our stock.

Biomass fuelled heating, state-of-the-art cleaning and storage

Our business is driven by biomass.  The heating of our offices and warehouses through the winter and hot water throughout the year to clean vehicles and marquee linings, biomass provides the energy for it all.

Using our state-of-the-art cleaning machine, matched with locally sourced eco-friendly cleaning products and water heated by our biomass boilers we are committed to cleaning with integrity.

This process is followed by our biomass heated oven which ensures our PVC is cleaned, dried and stored in the most energy efficient way possible.

All of our PVC roofs and walls, and internal linings are stored using a box system in a temperature-controlled biomass fuelled environment.  This eliminates mould and maintains condition, extending the usable life of our stock.

Biomass powered, state-of-the-art PVC cleaning machine
Loading PVC into the Biomass powered drying oven
Solar Panels on Fews Roof

A commitment to solar power

In 2015 we further extended our commitment to the environment by introducing solar power with an investment of over £300k.  Panels were fitted to the roof of the office and warehouse buildings to generate on average 2400kw/hr per week proving all the businesses electricity and returning surplus to the grid.

The next step here is to install batteries on site and be “off-grid” when we feel that the technology is robust enough.

Fews are currently working on a project with a solar panel supplier to develop a system when panels can be installed on longer-term hire structures to produce efficient energy.

Solar Panels on Fews Roof

A commitment to solar power

In 2015 we further extended our commitment to the environment by introducing solar power with an investment of over £300k.  Panels were fitted to the roof of the office and warehouse buildings to generate on average 2400kw/hr per week proving all the businesses electricity and returning surplus to the grid.

The next step here is to install batteries on site and be “off-grid” when we feel that the technology is robust enough.

Fews are currently working on a project with a solar panel supplier to develop a system when panels can be installed on longer-term hire structures to produce efficient energy.

Man in safety vest operating solar power system
Taking solar panel energy production readings
Woodchipping machinery

Woodchip from sustainable sources

Fews utilises its own wood-chipping service to produces biomass woodchip from sustainable sources through brash removal and site clearance.  Once prepared on our drying floor it is used as fuel for the biomass boilers. This helps to make our operation as sustainable and efficient as possible.

Our in-house team source waste wood that cannot be used for other purposes:

  • Industrial sites
    • Clearing woodland designated for building projects where the wood would normally be mulched
  • Forest clearance
    • Looking for small wood trapped on the ground that has no commercial use
  • Tree surgeons
    • dangerous trees which are usually logged and dumped
  • Farm waste
    • This consists of low hanging branches at the edge of fields which are trimmed off and typically burnt as brash.
  • Arborcultural waste
    • Material that cannot be used for any other purpose

We only use waste wood.

Our wood-chipping business is called Chessgrove Woodchip

Energy efficient structures

In 2012, the company invested in our Premium range of German-manufactured clear-span aluminium structures.

These systems provide the latest in temporary structure design which allows us to provide a degree of innovation where the control of heat loss is enhanced, construction and dismantling is made simpler and new components are far more highly engineered.

Thermal capacity was vastly improved by a complete seal between walls and roof and the consequent high levels of insulation delivers much more efficient heating, reducing cost and environmental impact.

Long term hire

We are also able to provide solar panels on long-term hire temporary buildings to provide an efficient additional power source.

The temporary buildings we supply can be specified with highly insulated walls, thermo roofs and sound insulation to make a very efficient temporary building.

See our Marquees and Structures page

Marquee Structure

Sustainable processes

Fews Marquees are committed to environmental sustainability. Wherever possible we look for ways to adopt green working practices, including recycling goods consumed in the process of running the business.

Fews have developed a unique stillage storage system that protects our inventory ensuring product longevity and maintaining appearance. In addition, the stillages offer faster, more efficient picking, loading and unloading times, reducing environmental impact.

We have replaced all of our lighting with efficient LED throughout the business and use them in our marquees and structures where possible.

Having invested in our own fleet of vehicles, we are able to control servicing, tyre pressures and planning to ensure the most efficient use.

The heaters we use are also serviced regularly to maximise the efficiency of their output.

Woodchipping machinery

Woodchip from sustainable sources

Fews utilises its own wood-chipping service to produces biomass woodchip from sustainable sources through brash removal and site clearance.  Once prepared on our drying floor it is used as fuel for the biomass boilers. This helps to make our operation as sustainable and efficient as possible.

Our in-house team source waste wood that cannot be used for other purposes:

  • Industrial sites
    • Clearing woodland designated for building projects where the wood would normally be mulched
  • Forest clearance
    • Looking for small wood trapped on the ground that has no commercial use
  • Tree surgeons
    • dangerous trees which are usually logged and dumped
  • Farm waste
    • This consists of low hanging branches at the edge of fields which are trimmed off and typically burnt as brash.
  • Arborcultural waste
    • Material that cannot be used for any other purpose

We only use waste wood.

Our wood-chipping business is called Chessgrove Woodchip

Marquee Structure

Energy efficient structures

In 2012, the company invested in our Premium range of German-manufactured clear-span aluminium structures.

These systems provide the latest in temporary structure design which allows us to provide a degree of innovation where the control of heat loss is enhanced, construction and dismantling is made simpler and new components are far more highly engineered.

Thermal capacity was vastly improved by a complete seal between walls and roof and the consequent high levels of insulation delivers much more efficient heating, reducing cost and environmental impact.

Long term hire

We are also able to provide solar panels on long-term hire temporary buildings to provide an efficient additional power source.

The temporary buildings we supply can be specified with highly insulated walls, thermo roofs and sound insulation to make a very efficient temporary building.

See our Marquees and Structures page

Sustainable processes

Fews Marquees are committed to environmental sustainability. Wherever possible we look for ways to adopt green working practices, including recycling goods consumed in the process of running the business.

Fews have developed a unique stillage storage system that protects our inventory ensuring product longevity and maintaining appearance. In addition, the stillages offer faster, more efficient picking, loading and unloading times, reducing environmental impact.

We have replaced all of our lighting with efficient LED throughout the business and use them in our marquees and structures where possible.

Having invested in our own fleet of vehicles, we are able to control servicing, tyre pressures and planning to ensure the most efficient use.

The heaters we use are also serviced regularly to maximise the efficiency of their output.

PVC Box storage system
Biomass powered PVC cleaning machine