Heating specialists Lord Combustion Services lead way with sustainability business award

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Chris Leggett, fourth left, collected the award on behalf of Lord Combustion Services

Commercial heating and ventilation specialists Lord Combustion Services have shown their green credentials by winning a leading business award.

The Oldbury-based company scooped the sustainability trophy at the West Midlands Business Masters Awards, organised by regional news website Business Desk, in recognition of their progress in reducing the environmental impact of the business and its 1000 customers.

As the company prepares to mark its 40th anniversary, Lord is reducing customers’ usage of fossil fuels, educating clients about the environmentally friendly options available and encouraging the use of equipment which reduces energy consumption and the impact on the planet.

News website TheBusinessDesk.com launched the 2021 West Midlands Business Masters Awards to celebrate the companies in the region which have achieved outstanding results over the past 12 months. The winners were announced at the Macdonald Burlington hotel in Birmingham.

Operating since 1982, Lord serves more than 1000 customers each year across the West Midlands, all from their base in Dudley Road East, Oldbury. Lord won the sustainability award for the team’s work for clients ranging from Edgbaston cricket stadium to NHS facilities across the region.

In their submission, the Lord team outlined their work with NHS facility managers, schools and other leading site owners to make smart decisions on reducing their environmental footprint through selecting systems which make a positive difference.

When Edgbaston cricket stadium’s hot water system needed updating to accommodate year-round hospitality needs and peak usage for five-day Test match crowds, Lord halved the number of gas fire appliances in the ground’s plant room and added more efficient controls.

Lord have also improved energy efficiency at a number of school sites with modern control by web-based systems with energy efficient software strategies such as weather optimisation and zoning to enable individual time and temperature control of zones to requirements.

As well as increasing year on year the number of clients reducing fossil fuel usage and using more energy efficient systems, Lord are working towards a target of becoming carbon neutral by 2025.

Managing Director Stuart Smith said the award win was pleasing given the efforts made by the team to improve sustainability. Stuart said: “Over the last 12 month Lord have worked hard to make a positive impact in reducing the environmental impact by clients’ heating and ventilation systems and to reduce our own footprint.

“Everything we do is driven by serving the customer. If we can improve their systems while making them greener there is a double benefit. We are taking practical steps ourselves, including the introduction of electric vehicles. As a trusted business with a reach across the West Midlands it means a lot to see our work recognised in the region where we live and work.”

The sustainability success came on the same night that Lord won two leading awards at the 2021 Black Country Chamber of Commerce Awards, the service business of the year prize along with Emma Tibbetts winning director of the year.

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