Company helping council reduce its carbon footprint

Workers at AIS's state-of-the-art North Shields factory gear up to complete another new contract.
Workers at AIS's state-of-the-art North Shields factory gear up to complete another new contract.

A North Shields firm has won a new contract to help a council reduce its energy bills.

AIS is manufacturing and fitting industrial insulation jackets within North Tyneside Council’s buildings to help the council cut its energy bill and carbon footprint.

Almost 800 bespoke insulation jackets will be manufactured then installed to valves and equipment in 12 of the council’s leisure centres, along with additional insulation materials.

Paul Nelson, environmental sustainability manager at North Tyneside Council, said: “Reducing our carbon footprint is a key policy priority for North Tyneside Council and that is why we have set ourselves a 34 per cent reduction target by the end of 2015/16 – five years ahead of the national target.

“We have delivered a number of projects to help achieve this and will continue to work through our delivery plan to take us beyond our target.

“We commissioned AIS following a rigorous procurement process to insulate all of the exposed pipe work within selected public buildings and we anticipate that this will help us to substantially reduce our energy bills at the same time as reducing our carbon footprint.”

Chris Evans, head of AIS Technical, said: “We are delighted to win this important project with North Tyneside Council.

“We have invested heavily in innovative insulation materials and state-of-the-art energy reporting software, in line with guidance from the Carbon Trust, to provide accurate calculations of savings.

“Our insulation jackets have won numerous awards for their innovative and technical qualities.

“Our state-of-the-art machinery also ensures that we can engineer the most cost effective, energy efficient insulation systems with the most extensive life span and minimal wastage allowing us to pass savings on materials directly to our clients.

“These insulation jacketing systems will be tailor-made at our North Shields factory using local labour and we are looking forward to completing the project over the next few weeks.”