Robert Langmead is passionate about environmental issues and ensures that sustainable choices are at the heart of his businesses:
Natures Way Foods & the Environment
Natures Way Foods (NWF) is dedicated to reducing waste and improving its carbon footprint to minimize impact on the environment. The company is actively engaged in recycling and all systems are designed to achieve a target of zero waste to landfill. Process water from Natures Way Food sites is filtered and used to irrigate local fields, salad and fruit waste is composted to fertilise local fields, and biodiversity areas on Natures Way Foods sites work to enhance local flora and fauna where possible.
In 2016, NWF installed a new LED lighting system at its Runcton site to save the equivalent electricity usage of 160 homes annually. The project is expected to provide a 10% reduction in energy usage across the business once fitted at all sites.
NWF was awarded the ISO 50001 International Standard for Energy Efficiency in 2016. The company plans to invest a further £250,000 in energy reduction projects during 2016 and will help NWF meet the Government’s Climate Change Levy five years early.
Kingsbridge Estates Ltd & the Environment
In 2015, Kingsbridge Estates Ltd invested in solar energy options with the installation of an on-roof 250 kW system on one of its key properties. The company’s aim is to invest in renewable technologies where there is a commercial return, and where cheaper electricity might benefit Kingsbridge’s occupiers.
Kingsbridge Estates also developed West Sussex’s first A-rated energy performance office in 2010. The design was rated BREEAM ‘Excellent’, and provided 10,000 sq ft of space. Its latest refurbishment project at Cumberland House uses the most efficient lighting and heating systems to improve the existing Energy Performance Certificate.
Robert believes a sensitive approach to the environment includes protecting England’s heritage. Kingsbridge Estates were recently presented with a prestigious Heritage Award in 2012, to recognize their work to restore and regenerate a key Georgian Mansion at 40 North Street, Chichester.
The company regularly attends industry events to keep up-to-date on future renewable energy technology and the company runs a hybrid electric vehicle as part of its company car fleet.