Contributing to carbon neutral
To contribute towards the growing concern of global warming KITE is supporting the decarbonisation of the UK’s energy infrastructure by improving existing asset efficiency and life extension while leading the transition to a sustainable, clean energy future. To ensure that we are doing all we can to support our clients in the growing concern, KITE are doing carbon calculations to justify the material choice and the construction methods that are appropriate to deliver a safe and protective outcome. We believe that quality, long-term engineering is far more effective in carbon costs than short time waste generating concepts. We believe that the progression to renewable energy will see the metal emerge as the front runner in recyclability. This concept will help us to penetrate the renewable energy market which promises to be a revenue source for the foreseeable future.
KITE are also exploring the future of materials from a sustainability and carbon neutral perspective, and we have looked extensively at the products we work with in view of identifying the future of handrail and access. Here at KITE, we believe in making the world a safer place and engineering for safety is of utmost importance. As we have worked through our analysis, we have made some interesting discoveries. Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) requires relatively small amounts of energy in manufacture, but the product has very limited recyclability single use only and we’ve noticed that structural members begin to break down in UV after 5-6 years.
We’ve also explored concrete steps and checked their carbon footprint which is actually quite favourable however we’ve discovered that concrete can only be downcycled into smaller and smaller pieces as subbase material.
Metal amazes us because no matter how many times you recycle it, it doesn’t degenerate; the number of times you can put it through a process hasn’t been defined. The difficulty is that it uses a lot of energy to put it through process and therefore it reflects badly on carbon count. The future however is brighter because renewable energy gives the recyclability of metal new, greener credentials.