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.
www.grantuk.com (17 December 2020)