Annabel joins the ‘green team’

Posted: 28 February 2013
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Branston has boosted its green credentials with the appointment of a new environmental co-ordinator.

Annabel Sill landed the job at Branston's main site in Lincolnshire after completing an 18-month graduate placement with the company.

Branston is known for its commitment to sustainability and Annabel will be helping the environmental team drive forward its green agenda.

Annabel, 23, said: "I'm thrilled to have been offered a permanent job with the environmental team at Branston after completing my graduate placement, especially as so many young people are struggling to find employment at the moment.

"Over the last 18 month's I've worked in several divisions in the company so I have a good grounding in how the business is run as a whole. I think this has been helpful for my new role because our environmental initiatives affect each area of the business.

"I studied environmental geography at university, and I've always been interested in sustainability issues. Combined with my experience on Branston's graduate scheme, this is the perfect job for me and I'm looking forward to getting stuck into the role."

Annabel will be responsible for measuring Branston's impact on the environment and ensuring that it complies with ISO 14001 - an international standard that companies use to assess, manage and improve their environmental performance.

Annabel will also support her colleagues on Branston's green initiatives, the latest of which has seen 941 photovoltaic (PV) solar panels installed at Branston's South West site in Somerset, which will generate up to 235 kilowatts at peak times, equating to 176 megawatts a year. The panels will save 92 tonnes of carbon emissions annually and cut energy usage by eight per cent.

This project is part of Branston's ongoing commitment to reduce its carbon footprint and the continuing investment it makes in its sites to reduce energy consumption. In March 2012 Branston installed 638 PV panels to the south-facing roof of its coldstore at the Lincoln site where it is set to add another 400 panels.

Simon Telfer, HR and logistics director at Branston, said: "We're delighted we have been able to offer Annabel a position with our environmental team.

"We were impressed by Annabel's enthusiasm and dedication while she was on her graduate scheme with us. Annabel is passionate about sustainability issues and has a degree in the subject, so the environmental co-ordinator position was an ideal fit."

Annabel took up the role at the beginning of February.