Polygon has responsibility at heart. Our job is to restore rather than replace damaged property – and to prevent damage from occurring. We bring valuable property back to life, saving resources and decreasing both environmental impact and cost. However, when our activities impact the environment we strive to be as efficient as possible.
Our business model contributes to reduced environmental impact and lower costs for our customers and for society. Restoration and damage prevention are our core business. This limits the use of new materials and equipment and reduces waste. With the effects of climate change, the need and demand for Polygon’s services are likely to increase. In order to help our customers in the best ways possible, we continue to develop our solutions, services and partnerships in a more sustainable way.
We continue exploring how we 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, where some subsidiaries are frontrunners – Polygon in the Netherlands, for example, became the first climate-neutral Dutch company in the industry in 2018 and continues to work in the same spirit.
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, and developing climate-friendly working methods. To minimise the risk of wrongful waste handling, many of our subsidiaries use a certified waste handling supplier, for example Germany.
Polygon Denmark has, in collaboration with their biggest customer Topdanmark Insurance and the emergency aid organisation Folkekirkens Nødhjælp, started a project where damaged furniture is renovated and given to charity instead of being discarded. The project is part of Polygon Denmark’s recycling and re-using agenda.
Polygon’s subsidiaries are working to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from transportation, for example through driving record systems, route optimisation, speed limiting devices and eco-driving training. Exactly what activities are carried out are decided at country level. In Norway, for example, a pilot project with electric cars started in 2019.
Polygon UK has been working since 2014 to reduce fuel consumption as this comprises about 80 percent of the total energy usage. It uses the Lightfoot system, which is a national initiative to reward cleaner, safer and cheaper driving. While driving, a warning system issues an alert if the driver is not driving efficiently. As a result, fuel consumption has been reduced by about 13.9 percent since the beginning of 2014.
In Close Collaboration with Customers
Polygon is a customer-focused company and we develop our industry in close collaboration with our customers. This goes for environmental initiatives as well, and we work actively with many of the big insurance companies, including IF and Storebrand. When we won a multi-year contract with Storebrand in 2018, the shared ambition to reduce environmental impact was a decisive factor. In 2020 Storebrand was named the world’s most sustainable insurance company by Corporate Knights in the “Global 100” award. Polygon is a proud partner and will continue to support Storebrand in their sustainable efforts within insurance.
Energy Savings with New Technology
New technology can also contribute to energy savings. One example is how the traditional dehumidification technique – based on dry air – can bee increasingly supplemented with so-called heat mats or heat sticks. In many situations, this can bring faster and more energy-efficient results. The method is, for example, very useful in time-critical new construction projects. Polygon is a frontrunner in this area.
Direct Reaction Team
We are ready to respond on short notice to ensure that real estate and other property restored to its origins in the fastest possible way. We do a quick assessment of the damage to be able to take the right actions.
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