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Independently assessed as carbon neutral since 2012

The FW Thorpe group of companies, which includes Philip Payne, has been officially recognised as being carbon neutral, with systems of reduction, measurement and certified offsetting in place, since 2012. This decade-long status has been independently assessed by a third party in accordance with ISO 14064-1, an international standard for the quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals.

What does “carbon neutral” mean?

Being carbon neutral means that FW Thorpe Plc offsets the carbon dioxide emissions it generates (scopes 1 and 2 of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol) by its business activities.

Scope 1 – All direct emissions from the activities of an organisation, including fuel combustion on site, such as in gas boilers and air-conditioning, and in its fleet of delivery and other company-owned vehicles.

Scope 2 – Indirect emissions from electricity purchased and used by the organisation. These emissions are caused during the production of the electricity that is ultimately used by the organisation

FW Thorpe Plc is a carbon neutral company through a combination of measures. Company-wide initiatives such as energy use minimisation, self-generation of renewable energy through solar photovoltaic (PV) units, and procurement of renewable energy have reduced the Group’s carbon footprint, whilst trees in the Group’s award-winning carbon offsetting afforestation project absorb the remaining carbon dioxide produced.

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Philip Payne Limited is committed to the environment

Carbon offsetting scheme

Philip Payne is fully committed to minimising the environmental impact of both its manufacturing processes and its products. In 2009 we designed an ambitious carbon-offsetting scheme to help compensate for these emissions.

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All unwanted Philip Payne documents and correspondence are shredded for use in product packaging. Incoming packaging and pallets used in production are recycled where possible for further use.

Product Longevity

Philip Payne products are engineered to last over time. We embrace LED and wireless technology to extend product life and minimise service/ maintenance issues.


We are fully aware of our responsibilities to discharge our obligations under the UK WEEE regulations 2006 (SI3289) and the EC WEEE directive. Our WEEE Producer Registration is WEEE/DK0073UQ and we are registered with the Lumicom Compliance Scheme (


Our production site was selected over other more suited sites because of its location which allowed current employees to walk or cycle to work and because its unusual low ceiling height construction affords energy savings over more conventional modern industrial unit design with high roofs.

Digital Media

We encourage download of PDF versions of our product literature in favour of hard copy catalogues. We use loose publications in a binder to minimise impact of new product literature and to avoid waste where obsolescence occurs.

Vehicle Route Optimisation

All of our products are distributed via a national carrier service rather than our own fleet. Production is collected once daily from our factory in Solihull and sent to a local hub, sorted and forwarded to other regional hubs around the UK. Consignments are collated at the regional hub and placed on vehicles dedicated to a local area and so minimising specific journeys.


We use company vehicles which are hybrid for maximum MPG. Philip Payne representatives are encouraged to use public transport where possible and practical to do so.


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