EMPLOYEES are taking their company’s environmental message home with them.
Cummins Turbo Technologies – one of Huddersfield’s biggest employers – is encouraging staff to lead a more eco-friendly life.
The company, based at St Andrew’s Road, have already hosted a Climate Week with activities on site promoting green living and working.
Now they want their staff to promote the cause at home.
Jennifer Hirst, a Cummins energy team leader, said: “We want to reduce our environmental impact here on site, but another way for us to improve our impact on the environment is for each employee to take away what they have learnt.
“So the Climate Week was part of a wide program of activities promoting green initiatives.
“The local Nissan dealership brought in an electric car to demonstrate to the employees some of the new technologies available in transport.
“And there was a small exhibition in the canteen where staff were able to interact with experts and find out more.
“We were promoting things like cycling to work, lowering food miles and energy efficiency.”
Julio Gamba, an engineer at Cummins, is one of the staff members to take part in the company’s cycle scheme in which employees buy a bike which is subsidised by the business.
Mr Gamba, who lives in York, bought a fold-up bike so he can take it on the train with him to Huddersfield and cycle to and from the train stations.
Cummins are also working towards reducing their carbon footprint on site.
Jennifer said: “The turbocharging technology – which is the product that we actually produce on site – lowers emissions and improves the fuel efficiency of engines worldwide.
“Applying environmentally sustainable methods, we constantly strive to improve the contribution of our products to a cleaner world, powering vehicles and off-road machinery with the aim of doing more to use less.
“And on site we are also committed to reducing the environmental impact associated with our operations.
“This includes solar panels, a waste management system and the conservation of our natural resources.
“We strive to reduce our emissions and make an impact on the local as well as the global environment.”
Cummins is also encouraging their staff to organise local environmental initiatives such a tree planting and local wildlife programmes.
One of their current projects involves clearing and maintaining the Calder Valley and Birkby to Bradley Greenways.
The footpath and cycling trails are popular with many people, but attract litter.