Local metal recycler, EMR, improves youth employment opportunities with donation to Iconic Steps

EMR Wandsworth, based on Pensbury Place, has joined forces with Iconic Steps to support their employability skills programme.

Iconic Steps, founded in 2012, supports young people from diverse backgrounds, who find themselves marginalised through no fault of their own, in finding employment opportunities. The social enterprise takes a holistic approach to their development support, offering both industry specific training and life skills workshops.

EMR’s donation to the local social enterprise will enable more 16 to 25-year-olds to attend their employability skills programme. The programme offers young people mentoring and practical experience on commissioned projects, as well as workshops covering resilience, personal finance, email etiquette and CV writing.

The donation was given as part of EMR’s Young Futures Reimagined programme. Launched in 2020, the programme aims to support young people up and down the country, who are impacted by circumstances beyond their control, to build a brighter future.

Faron Llewellyn, Operations Manager at EMR Wandsworth said: “The transition into employment can be a challenging time for many and real world experience can be hard to come across. Iconic Steps offers an invaluable opportunity for young people to gain skills and experience which they can take forward into their adult life.

“I look forward to working with Victoria and the team at Iconic Steps and witnessing the positive impact that this donation will have on young people.”

Iconic Steps CEO, Victoria Ijeh, added: “We are thankful to EMR for their support and look forward to working together to empower young people to reach their full potential.”

We are very pleased to welcome Behringer into membership of the Aluminium Federation

We are very pleased to welcome Behringer into membership of the Aluminium Federation. Behringer is a manufacturer of high performance bandsawing machines, circular cold saws and structural fabricating equipment.

Behringer prides itself on building the highest quality metal sawing and fabricating equipment in the world. Their primary goal is to create value for their customers, by continuously striving to achieve the highest combination of speed and accuracy, combined with cost-effectiveness. All equipment design is based on achieving these primary objectives, on a dependable and long lasting machine, and in that regard Behringer is truly the benchmark.

In addition, Behringer offers the widest selection of models, which allows them to not oversell or undersell a customers needs. Through detailed discussion with end-users, Behringer is positioned to offer a system that delivers the appropriate size ranges, options, and material handling requirements for their unique application.

With over 90 years in metal saw manufacturing, Behringer has clearly positioned itself as the technological leader in the industry. This coupled with the synergistic manufacturing capabilities, commitment to excellence, and a mindset of not taking shortcuts, keeps it on the forefront of quality.


The benefits of outsourcing energy procurement

Power-sharing in the energy industry can make a lot of sense.

Securing the right energy contract for a business can be a time-consuming process due to the complexities of the energy market; the large number of suppliers; and the variety of different terms available.

Those organisations who have the necessary in-house expertise and staff resources to pinpoint the right time and the right energy contract may decide to take care of this aspect of energy management themselves.

But not all energy or facilities managers have a team around them; some work in isolation, and they may be facing an ever-growing list of responsibilities, including the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, waste management and sustainable development.

As the energy markets are fast-moving and often volatile, given the huge range of factors that affect prices, it is important to stay completely up-to-date with the current picture.

Whilst no-one could have foreseen that a giant cargo ship longer than four rugby pitches would have blocked off the world’s largest trade route for a week and thus prevent fuel supplies from getting to their intended destinations on time, a trained eye, with the right analysis tools to assist them, can spot energy price trends in advance.

Outsourcing energy procurement to a trusted and reputable energy consultancy can take the pressure away from businesses and ensure they are not paying over the odds for their gas and electricity, or signing up to unfavourable terms and conditions that may lead to penalty charges down the line.

With an ever-changing renewables landscape and related Third Party Charges (TPCs), compliance and legislation is another area of energy management that is increasingly taking up more of an energy manager’s time.

At Energy Management, we have been helping clients with their whole energy services portfolio for over two decades and support clients in a variety of different industries, in both the private and public sectors.

As the name implies, our Choice Energy Framework (CEF) offers more choice and a better deal for those public sector organisations that join. If you would like to know more about the CEF, you can speak to a member of our team on 01225 867722.

Global renewable energy capacity enjoys record year in 2020

Global renewable energy capacity additions in 2020 beat all previous records despite the economic slowdown that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. According to data released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), more than 260 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy capacity were added last year, exceeding expansion in 2019 by close to 50 per cent.

IRENA’s annual Renewable Capacity Statistics 2021 shows that renewable energy’s share of all new generating capacity rose considerably for the second year in a row. More than 80 per cent of all new electricity capacity added last year was renewable, with solar and wind accounting for 91 per cent of new renewables.

A future away from fossil fuels

Renewables’ rising share of the total is partly attributable to net decommissioning of fossil fuel power generation in Europe, North America and for the first time across Eurasia (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russian Federation and Turkey). Total fossil fuel additions fell to 60 GW in 2020 from 64 GW the previous year highlighting a continued downward trend of fossil fuel expansion.

“These numbers tell a remarkable story of resilience and hope. Despite the challenges and the uncertainty of 2020, renewable energy emerged as a source of undeniable optimism for a better, more equitable, resilient, clean and just future,” said IRENA Director-General Francesco La Camera. “The great reset offered a moment of reflection and chance to align our trajectory with the path to inclusive prosperity, and there are signs we are grasping it.

“Despite the difficult period, as we predicted, 2020 marks the start of the decade of renewables,” continued Mr. La Camera. “Costs are falling, clean tech markets are growing and never before have the benefits of the energy transition been so clear. This trend is unstoppable, but as the review of our World Energy Transitions Outlook highlights, there is a huge amount to be done. Our 1.5 degree outlook shows significant planned energy investments must be redirected to support the transition if we are to achieve 2050 goals. In this critical decade of action, the international community must look to this trend as a source of inspiration to go further,” he concluded.

Hydro leads the way

The 10.3 per cent rise in installed capacity represents expansion that beats long-term trends of more modest growth year on year. At the end of 2020, global renewable generation capacity amounted to 2 799 GW with hydropower still accounting for the largest share (1 211 GW) although solar and wind are catching up fast. The two variable sources of renewables dominated capacity expansion in 2020 with 127 GW and 111 GW of new installations for solar and wind respectively.

China and the United States of America were the two outstanding growth markets from 2020. China, already the world’s largest market for renewables added 136 GW last year with the bulk coming from 72 GW of wind and 49 GW of solar. The United States of America installed 29 GW of renewables last year, nearly 80 per cent more than in 2019, including 15 GW of solar and around 14 GW of wind. Africa continued to expand steadily with an increase of 2.6 GW, slightly more than in 2019, while Oceania remained the fastest growing region (+18.4%), although its share of global capacity is small and almost all expansion occurred in Australia.

Source: Energy Management

EMR’s Race to Zero: How the UN-backed campaign is influencing our action on sustainability

At EMR, we are going through an exciting and challenging transition which is putting sustainability and awareness of our environmental impact at the heart of everything we do.

We have committed to become a fully net-zero business by 2040. To do this in a way that is both measurable and internationally recognised, we have joined a small, but growing number of significant organisations in committing to achieving net-zero carbon emissions across all scopes (1, 2 and 3[1]) by 2040 through the development of science-based targets.

By making this commitment, EMR has joined the Race to Zero[2], a global campaign supported by the United Nations, which brings together 454 cities, 23 regions, 1,397 businesses, 74 investors as well as 569 universities from every corner of the world.  By joining the Race to Zero we are able to ensure that our efforts are aligned with some of the world’s leading climate scientists.

This commitment is designed to play our part in the effort to limit global warming to 1.5° – the higher level ambition under the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)[3].

Climate scientists agree that anything above that would mean the degree of change to our environment would be more acute, longer lasting and would be a lot more difficult for humankind to deal with. This is the guiding principle for science-based targets and highlights just how much is at stake.

The SBTi features many household names, including Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls Royce, General Motors, Coca Cola, Scania, BT and Unilever, with each agreeing to meet the net-zero target. By standing alongside these firms, EMR is proud to be taking a lead in the recycling industry.

So, how does the SBTi fit within the work EMR is already doing? The targets are split into three parts (Scope 1, 2 and 3) and have helped to define the direction and timing of our wider ‘Decade of Action’ strategy.

Scope 1 represents all direct emissions produced by a company in its day-to-day activities including the use of fossil fuels and emissions created during the processing of products. Scope 2, meanwhile, includes indirect emissions associated with the purchase and use of electricity.

We will meet these targets by transitioning towards 100% renewable electricity by 2030 (RE100 initiative[4]). We are also enabling our colleagues to transition to electric vehicles (EV100 initiative[5]) and making good progress on energy efficiency and productivity (EP100 initiative[6]).

There is much more to do over the coming years if we are to meet our ambition. Many of our near-term actions focus on Scope 1 (direct carbon emissions from our operations) and Scope 2 (indirect carbon emissions associated with electricity consumption).

Scope 3 is more difficult. This is a commitment to remove carbon emissions from along the chain of activities a business is associated with, in our case those supplying EMR with materials and our ultimate customers.

Like many other companies, we acknowledge that tackling Scope 3 carbon emissions will be more challenging. For a company that works closely with the construction, transport and steel industries, this is a challenge that EMR is prepared to tackle ‘head-on’, as part of our overall commitments for net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.

We have already made a good start through our joint study with the Carbon Trust where we have established a footprint for some of our key products.

We want to work closely with our customers and suppliers in an effort to help them to progress to their own carbon ambitions. We also need to support companies and industries which are on their own trajectories, developing technologies such as zero carbon shipping or developing our own products to improve the productivity and quality of steelmaking from recycled raw materials.

The good news is that by working towards our targets across all scopes (1, 2 and 3), with our customers and suppliers, we will be able to produce low and zero carbon products that will help our clients and customers meet their own net-zero goals. This will give every business along EMR’s supply chain a clear competitive advantage in a world that is putting increasing focus on operating more sustainably.

And it underlines one of the key messages of ‘Our Decade of Action’ strategy: the Race to Zero isn’t only vital for our planet; it is also good for business.


[1] Greenhouse Gas Protocol – A Corporate Accounting & Reporting Standard

[2] Race to Zero Campaign

[3] Science Based Targets Initiative Business Ambition for 1.5oC Commitment Letter (v1.3)

[4] https://www.theclimategroup.org/about_re100

[5] https://www.theclimategroup.org/ev100

[6] https://www.theclimategroup.org/ep100


We are very pleased to welcome Spa Aluminium into membership of the Aluminium Federation

We are very pleased to welcome Spa Aluminium into membership of the Aluminium Federation. Formed in April 1971, Spa Aluminium are one of the UK’s longest established specialist stockholders of aluminium extrusions & sheet. They hold a unique position as the country’s only major stockist with ‘on-site’ anodising, polishing and fabrication facilities giving them an unrivalled knowledge and experience in the supply of finished products.

From their 30,000 square foot base in Kent they are ideally placed to service the majority of the country with their own fleet of vehicles. In addition, they offer a monthly service to Europe as well as a specialist export packing service to clients as far afield as Sweden, Canada, America, China & Australia, to name a few.

As the sole UK licensee for Henkel’s revolutionary Spectrocolor process they are able to produce a wide range of stunning electrolytic anodised finishes in a range of colours including varying shades of grey and bronze and black. Combined with their range of linished and mirror polished options they can offer one of the most comprehensive ranges of specialist finishes available in the UK marketplace.

They specialise in stockholding premium quality 6063 anodising standard extrusion in their custom designed and temperature controlled warehouse. They have vast experience in the sourcing and handling of quality products and only use tried & tested suppliers who are able to understand and achieve their uncompromising quality requirements. All of their warehouse, packing and delivery operatives are trained to appreciate the importance of ensuring their products arrive at their destination fit for purpose. Their purpose-built racking and storage system also allows them to keep a range of anodised, chemically brightened and polyester powder coated pre-finished stock, enabling a ‘rapid response’ service to their customers’ requirements.

In addition to over 300 standard extrusions, a significant portion of their business is the supply of bespoke ‘customer special’ profiles. From the initial R&D stage to producing final CAD drawings, their technical sales department are adept at selecting the appropriate extruder for each client’s individual requirements, managing the quotation, ordering and stock replenishment phases to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience. Their ‘complete service’ offers many significant benefits and cost saving opportunities to their clients. As they undertake the stockholding and reordering of your products there is no need for finances to be tied up in warehouse space and staff. You are also afforded the advantage of being able to order on a ‘little & often’ basis, avoiding the expensive minimum quantities & extended lead times associated with dealing directly with a mill. As they gain a history of your purchasing habits they will establish a pattern to your requirements which will hopefully allow them to offer a rapid response to your orders.


Aluminium Federation recognised in The Parliamentary Review

Parliamentary Review logoAluminium Federation has been recognised as a best practice representative for the upcoming 2021 edition of The Parliamentary Review; an independent publication which looks at how key British organisations are responding to different political and economic challenges.

The publication is apolitical and reviews the latest events in parliament from a non-partisan perspective. The organisations who write for The Review are – for the most part – apolitical themselves, although some are unapologetically forthright with their views of certain political parties or individuals. This makes for a fascinating series of articles to suit your tastes and challenge your convictions.

Success for organisations of any size does not always come easily, and The Parliamentary Review is indispensable for anyone who seeks to make a difference in their sector. It highlights significant developments and concerns for leaders up and down the country.

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Kwasi Kwarteng says “this year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally.”

Aluminium Federation’s article can be viewed here: https://www.theparliamentaryreview.co.uk/organisations/aluminium-federation

Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) reminder

Verified SECR reports can help businesses move towards carbon net-zero and reduce energy costs. 

SECR came into effect in April 2019 with the aim of simplifying carbon and energy reporting and to promote energy efficiency.

Whether your business was one of 11,900 UK companies involved in the SECR process in its first year or you’re required to be involved for the first time in 2021, it is important to have all the information you need.

Given the strict targets set by government to reach net-zero by 2050, there is a good chance that carbon reporting regulations will tighten and an already complex task could become even more difficult to complete in-house. If you want to ensure accuracy and compliance, it is always worth having your reports verified by an independent expert.

What we have consistently found in our dealing with clients is that gathering accurate transport data is one of the most challenging aspects to SECR, particularly when it comes to company cars and private cars for business-use only.


Not all companies have accurate records of the vehicle type, meaning the calculations are then based on an average not vehicle specific. All of this type of information is discussed during a preliminary call with an Energy Management consultant.

As an external energy management consultancy with an expertise in compliance and energy-related legislation, we can collate, analyse and present all relevant sustainability data for you.

Customers of ours have found the Energy Management portal, EM-Powered, to be an invaluable resource in collating and categorising energy consumption data.

Sustainability is dominating the energy agenda for companies at the moment, and will do for a long time ahead as the UK strives towards its 2050 carbon-zero target.

Companies are increasingly being judged by the public on their attempts to become ‘greener’, and whilst there has been no target-setting yet around carbon use reduction, completing SECR helps to promote positive achievements in this area.

What’s the criteria?

If your business meets two of the three criteria listed below in the financial year being reported on, you will need to comply.

  • More than 250 employees
  • £36m or more turnover
  • Balance sheet total of more than £18m

Still unsure? Find out if you are required to comply by using our SECR checker tool.

If you would like any advice or help in making sure your business is SECR compliant, please get in touch on 01225-867722.

Source: Energy Management

We are very pleased to welcome Argentum Metal Management into membership of the Aluminium Federation

We are very pleased to welcome Argentum Metal Management into membership of the Aluminium Federation. Argentum Metal Management offers a range of services for industrial clients across a variety of sectors within the aluminium industry from global corporations to SME companies looking to meet the challenges of the current economic environment.

Whether it is supply chain and risk management for large automotive or aircraft manufacturers to metal procurement in privately owned first tier supplier. Argentum and its partners work closely with its clients to meet their needs and ultimately find solutions to meet their objectives.

Argentum Metal Management offers a range of services for industrial and financial clients that will assist them to meet their strategic objectives for their shareholders and stakeholders alike.

  •  Financial clients looking to supplement their expertise in areas such as market trends, operational management, risk management or metal procurement on assets they are looking to acquire or invest in, will find Argentum operates in these confidential areas with integrity and independence to meet its clients high standards.

  • Industrial clients looking to assist stakeholders and management teams meet their strategic goals in areas from metal procurement, risk management, market trends, budget planning to recycling and life cycle assessments will find Argentum’s industrial operational experience gives provides a reality check to strategic goals and support for stakeholders and management teams to meet their particular business needs.

Argentum Metal Management offers a range of trading options for industrial clients across a variety of sectors within the aluminium industry, whether its clients are looking for assistance in metal supply (ingots, billets, slabs, sheet etc. ) or assistance in recycling, closed loop, supply chain or scrap handling, Argentum with its extensive network of partners, will provide long term solutions.

  • Managing metal flows from input to finished products enables Argentum to step into areas from  sourcing, conversion and recycling. As experts in the metal flow/supply chain Argentum offers optimisation opportunities to its global clients at any point in the whole value chain.


Introducing Fiber Laser Welding LightWELD™ 1500

IPG Photonics is the leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance fiber lasers and amplifiers for diverse applications in numerous markets. IPG Photonics’ diverse lines of low, medium and high-power lasers and amplifiers are used in materials processing, communications, entertainment, medical, biotechnology, scientific and advanced applications. Their products are displacing traditional technologies in many current applications and enabling new applications for lasers.

IPG Photonics (UK) are introducing Fiber Laser Welding LightWELD™ 1500: IPG laser welder

FASTER & EASIER than Traditional MIG & TIG Welding

• Optimised built-in modes for High-Quality Results
• Weld Thick, Thin and Reflective Metals with low heat input
• Wobble control for up to 5 mm of Additional Weld Width
• Minimal Fixturing and Rework for increased productivity

Further information: HandHeldLaserWelder.com

Email: sales.uk@ipgphotonics.com