In January 2021 Ethical Consumer viewed SolarUK's website for the company's environmental policy or report. No such information could be 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.
The company briefly mentioned its climate impacts, stating, "To minimise vehicle emissions and costs we will usually carry out a survey once preliminary design work has been done and an expression of interest has been made." It further stated that its total control of the production process "helps us ensure that we keep embodied carbon and carbon dioxide emissions to a minimum". No further discussion of the company's environmental impact was found. The company was considered to have not demonstrated a reasonable understanding of its environmental impacts, nor did it provide any environmental targets.
However, as it was a small company with an annual turnover below £10.2m and its core business model was the manufacture, supply and installation of renewable energy systems it was considered to be providing an environmental alternative. It therefore received an exemption under Ethical Consumer's Environmental Reporting category. However, the fact that it received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for toxics also prevented it from getting a best rating in Environmental Reporting.
Overall, therefore, it received Ethical Consumer's middle rating for Environmental Reporting and lost half a mark in this category.
www.solaruk.com/ (16 December 2020)