The Archwood Group has published its latest sustainability report, updating on the most recent actions and achievements on its journey towards achieving net zero carbon emissions as part of the United Nations Race to Zero campaign.

Archwood Group is a family-owned manufacturer of timber products with two trading brands: Richard Burbidge, a manufacturer and supplier of stairparts, decking accessories and decorative mouldings, and Atkinson & Kirby, which supplies premium hardwood flooring. 

Reflecting on the past year, Josh Burbidge, Managing Director of Archwood Group, discussed how the business is setting the benchmark with net zero goals and year-on-year transparency towards its sustainability progress.

He said: “At Archwood Group, we’ve been passionate about design, manufacturing and the sustainable sourcing of timber products for over 150 years. We feel truly privileged to work with this incredible resource every day and we will always champion and support sustainable timber sourcing and production.

“As forming eco-friendly initiatives becomes especially crucial to our industries effect on the climate, we want to do our part in having a positive impact on the planet and society.

“We are aware of the rising threat of greenwashing throughout competing industries and so it is a hugely important for us to document regular updates on our sustainability achievements. This is especially vital as we progress further with our pledge to achieve Net Zero by no later than 2050 and halve our greenhouse gas emissions before 2030.

“We have a zero waste to landfill policy, which means that 100% of our wood waste is recycled and repurposed. However, to become an industry leader within sustainable manufacturing, every aspect of our business must play an important role in this journey. That means encouraging colleagues, customers and suppliers to get involved in any way they can.

“That’s why, throughout 2022, we took action to accelerate our sustainability journey by setting six realistic objectives to focus our attention towards for the year ahead: carbon footprint, energy, packaging, commuting, waste/recycling and sustainable timber.

“This followed by our recent solar panel installation at our Chirk factory, where we now generate 40% of the sites total energy requirements and helps to reduce our carbon emissions. Further to this, we have installed seven electric vehicle charging points at our HQ carpark and will be aiming to eliminate non-recyclable plastics from all of our packaging over 2023.

“Throughout our most recent sustainability report, we have taken the time to analyse where our carbon footprint comes from and ensure that we continue to deliver on our promise to give our customers the most eco-friendly and sustainable selection of timber products.”