Assington Autos is the 500th local business to be presented with a Gold Carbon Charter Award, from Suffolk County Council. They are one of the biggest ‘End of Life’ vehicle recycling centres in East Anglia, established in 2017 by Frederick Cook although vehicles have been recycled at the same site for approximately 80 years.

Assington Autos is the 500th Business in Suffolk to Receive the Carbon Charter Award

What is the Carbon Charter?

The Carbon Charter was set up in 2010 by Suffolk County Council and the Environment Agency. Since then, it has given 738 Carbon Charter awards to 500 companies.

It is an accreditation for businesses who are committed to reducing their impact on the environment, by cutting their carbon emissions, supporting their local community and developing green spaces.

Accreditation Levels

There are three levels of accreditation for the Carbon Charter award, of which Assington Autos achieved the Gold Level. Here is an explanation of each level:

  • Bronze: Businesses need to have a working energy/carbon management policy, an environmental action plan relating to the policy and effective systems to measure and monitor your progress.
  • Silver: Businesses need to have all elements of the Bronze level, whilst demonstrating measurable progress in implementing the action plan.
  • Gold: Businesses need to have all elements of the Bronze and Silver levels, whilst showcasing that they are a Net Zero Leader. This is seen by showing commitment to achieving Net Zero plans and championing your plans to others.

Businesses are judge by a panel which will look at the specific circumstances of the business and judging their Net Zero credentials accordingly. In the case of Assington Autos, the nature of the business needed to show robust waste management and recycling processes to achieve such a high level of commendation.

How Did Assingtons Win the Carbon Charter Award?

The panel from the Carbon Charter was particularly impressed that despite significant growth in the business, Assington Autos fuel usage has remained the same and has achieved an emissions reduction of 37% in the last two years.

Assington Autos were also praised for their biodiversity efforts on site and in the wider community, as well as activity in the local community, supporting NHS workers, the local fire service, food banks and other local community groups. Ultimately, Assington were awarded the Gold Level of the award, highlighting the commitment of the company to Net Zero by 2040.

Frederick Cook, CEO of Assington Autos Ltd, said:

“We focus on how much of a vehicle can be repurposed and recycled, rather than simply being crushed and sold on.

“Vehicles are carefully stripped down, and we’re one of the first in the UK to use quieter Lithium battery-powered disc cutters, rather than traditional fossil fuel-powered machinery. Each component is inspected for re-use, and liquids such as oil and coolant are removed and dealt with, rather than being allowed to contaminate the natural environment.

“We’re proud of what we’re achieving to reduce our impacts on the environment, particularly being connected with the automobile industry which many might view as a significant contributor to carbon emissions. We’re delighted with the Carbon Charter award, as it shows we’re heading in the right direction and will hopefully inspire others.”

Councillor Richard Rout, Suffolk County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Environment, said:

“Assington Autos are doing great things and are an inspiration to other businesses about what can be achieved. Customers are now much more active in their search for suppliers which are reducing their impact on the environment.

“We know many businesses want to do the right thing and reduce emissions, and it can be really daunting to know where to start, particularly for small businesses. But the Carbon Charter is here to help businesses of all sizes, whether they are just starting out on their carbon reduction journey, or looking to refine what they do.

For businesses wanting to start on their carbon reduction journey, more information on the Carbon Charter can be found at www.carboncharter.org