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In January 2021 Ethical Consumer viewed the Grant Engineering Ireland website for the company's environmental policy or report. No such information could be found. The company manufactured products that included renewable heating systems such as biomass boilers and heat pumps, and the website contained general positive statements in relation to this. For example: "At Grant, our core focus is to provide innovative, eco-friendly, and reliable heating solutions to address rising energy costs and carbon emissions, in the hope of securing a greener future for generations to come."

Ethical Consumer also viewed the Grant Engineering UK website which stated, "Through our Quality Environmental Policy (ISO14001), everyone at Grant UK is committed to continuous improvement with our products and services, as well as recycling, reducing pollution, and exceeding our customers’ expectations wherever possible."

The only environmental issue discussed in any detail was recycling of plastic and cardboard at the company's facilities. Carbon emissions and other environmental impacts of the company's manufacturing and other operations, such as pollution, were not discussed. No targets were found.

An environmental policy was deemed necessary to report on a company's environmental performance and set targets for reducing its impacts in the future. A strong policy would include two future, quantified environmental targets, demonstration by the company that it had a reasonable understanding of its main environmental impacts, be dated within two years and have its environmental data independently verified.
Grant Engineering did not meet any of these criteria therefore it received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for Environmental Reporting and lost a whole mark in this category.

Reference:

www.grantuk.com (17 December 2020)

In January 2021 Ethical Consumer viewed both the Grant Engineering Ireland and Grant Engineering UK websites, looking for information on what the company was doing to tackle climate change. Ethical Consumer was looking for the following:

For the company to discuss its areas of climate impact, and to discuss plausible ways it has cut them in the past, and ways that it will cut them in the future.

For the company to not be involved in any particularly damaging projects like tar sands, oil or aviation, to not be subject to damning secondary criticism regarding it’s climate actions, and to have a policy to avoid investing in fossil fuels.

For the company to report annually on its scope 1&2 greenhouse gas emissions (direct emissions by the company), and to go some way towards reporting on its scope 3 emissions (emissions from the supply chain, investments and sold products).

For the company to have a target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in line with international agreements (counted as the equivalent of at least 2.5% cut per year in scope 1&2 emissions), and to not count offsetting towards this target.

No information was found on any of the above. The company did manufacture renewable heat systems such as biomass boilers and heat pumps, however it also made other products including oil boilers. The company website did contain a "manifesto" which spoke of the company's belief in greater government support for renewable heating solutions. But it contained no information on the company's own policies or performance.

Overall, Grant Engineering received Ethical Consumer’s worst rating for carbon management and reporting and lost a whole mark under Climate Change.

Reference:

grantengineering.ie/ (4 January 2021)

In January 2021 Ethical Consumer searched the SolarUK website for the company's policy on the use of potentially hazardous chemicals such as, BFRs and PVC and/or phthalates.

A toxics policy was deemed necessary for all electronics companies, as these substances were widely used by electronics companies and had a significant negative environmental impact when released after disposal.
A strong policy on toxics would include publicly disclosed data on the use of hazardous chemicals such as BFRs and PVC and/or phthalates; as well as clear, dated targets for ending their use.

The company manufactured electronic products and products containing electronic elements such as controllers.

As the company had no policies on the use of toxic chemicals in electronics it lost a whole mark under Ethical Consumer's Pollution and Toxics category.

Reference:

grantengineering.ie/ (4 January 2021)

In January 2021 Ethical Consumer viewed Grant Engineering's website for the company's conflict minerals policy. No policy was found.

Conflict minerals are minerals mined in conditions of armed conflict and human rights abuses, notably in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The minerals in question are Tantalum, Tin, Tungsten and Gold (3TG for short) and are key components of electronic devices, from mobile phones to televisions.

Ethical Consumer expected all companies manufacturing electronics to have a policy on the sourcing of conflict minerals. Such a policy would articulate the company's commitment to conflict-free sourcing of 3TG minerals and a commitment to continue ensuring due diligence on the issue. The policy should also state that it intended to continue sourcing from the DRC region in order to avoid an embargo and that the company had membership of, or gave financial support to, organisations developing the conflict-free industry in the region.

Due to the fact the company had no policy it received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for its policy on conflict free minerals and lost a whole mark under the Habitats and Resources and Human Rights categories.

Reference:

grantengineering.ie/ (4 January 2021)