Reducing environmental impact
At Polygon, we strive to reduce our impact on the environment. Our job is to restore rather than replace damaged property – and to prevent damage from occurring.
Sustainable is Core to Our Business
Our core business of restoring damaged property contributes to a better environment by reducing the need for replacing inventory and equipment, as well as limiting the disposal of waste to landfill. Polygon has developed a range of restoration services that significantly reduce the need for original manufacture and the inherent costs on the environment in terms of raw material sourcing, processing, energy consumption and distribution.
We have innovative solutions to restore water-damaged machinery and vehicles that would ordinarily be subject to a total loss and sold as salvage. For electrical and IT equipment, we currently achieve a restoration rate in excess of 60 percent, and for lightly and moderately damaged goods, a rate of over 90 percent.
Responsible Use of Resources
We continue to explore how we can best contribute to reducing our carbon footprint, and this is actively handled at the country level, taking national characteristics into consideration. Our overall ambition is to use non-destructive methods as far as possible. Some subsidiaries are frontrunners in this area, for example, Polygon in the Netherlands, became the first climate-neutral Dutch company in the industry in 2018 and continues to work in the same way to-date.
Further initiatives include Polygon’s leak detection services, which are non-destructive and therefore require very little reinstatement, and our ExactAire® system, which is the most advanced method available for monitoring the effectiveness of temporary control equipment, thereby minimising power usage.
Customer demands in Sweden led to the development of a Polygon-designed and engineered energy-efficient dryer, which reduces electricity cost and has faster drying performance than standard dryers
Polygon’s efforts within resource-efficient operations are centred around responsible use of vehicles, equipment, materials, chemicals and waste. Prioritised activities include:
- Reduction of fuel consumption from the service fleet
- Waste management and recycling
- Use of energy efficient equipment - such as fans
- Ensuring safe use of chemicals and materials
- Developing climate-friendly working methods
Reducing Fuel Consumption and CO₂ Emissions
Polygon’s subsidiaries are working hard to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from transportation, for example through driving record systems, route optimisation, speed limiting devices and eco-driving training. The activities implemented in support of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are decided at country level. For example, in Norway a pilot project was launched in 2019 around the use of electric cars.
In the UK, since 2014 we have rolled out an initiative called Lightfoot, which is aimed at reducing our carbon footprint by giving feedback to the driver of a vehicle on driving patterns. As a result, carbon emissions have been reduced by five percent and the target is to reach ten percent