Compressors help CHEP to reduce carbon emissions by 1,000 tonnes

Posted on 26 Mar 2013

Pallet and logistics company CHEP has achieved big energy savings by installing energy efficient compressors at its pallet production and repair sites in the UK.

The energy saved from the installation of the Atlas Copco compressors has been measured as equivalent to over 1,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

CHEP has a network of service centre facilities located across the UK where pallets are returned, inspected and repaired before being reissued in to the supply chain. Seven of these plants have installed Atlas Copco equipment, including 8-9 bar compressed air pumps used to transport wooden pallets around the inspection and repair process.

There are also two air-driven nail guns on each repair bench and an average of 20 benches at each site. These installations have optimized the compressed air system used in all sites as well as eliminate air leaks, the company says.

CHEP’s UK site managers undertook an 18-month review of energy efficiency and CO2 emissions at the company’s process plants. As part of this energy consumption audit, Atlas Copco’s distributor, Compressor Engineering, installed iiTrak datalogger units for a specific period at each compressor installation.

The resulting data showed that the investment could keep the factory moving with no loss of efficiency, while reducing energy costs and carbon emissions.

Simon Wood, Plant Manager at CHEP’s Pontefract Service Centre and manager for this project, said: “The whole project has been a resounding success. The service from Atlas Copco has been incredibly thorough and the performance that the machines have delivered has contributed to our sustainability objectives across the business.”