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Jacksons and the environment

Treated timber
In recent years, many companies have recognised the growing importance of a responsible approach to the environment, as a means of enhancing their appeal to customers, both current and future.  Since its inception in 1947, Jacksons has always been committed to environmentally sound practices which have simply been amplified over time as further opportunities which might contribute to a more sustainable method of operation have been identified.

Carbon footprint and timber fencing

Whilst arguments persist condemning the felling of trees which create oxygen and absorb greenhouse gases, it is also widely accepted that timber is a necessary core building material.  The reality is that if the timber is sourced under an environmental chain of custody scheme such as FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council), or PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification), the effect on the environment is carbon neutral  - providing the timber product offers a life span which lasts longer than it takes a tree to grow. Jacksons’ 25-year service life - courtesy of the Jakcure timber treatment system - therefore demonstrates the company’s emphatic support of sustainability. However, other factors also need to be taken into consideration when calculating the carbon footprint of a product.  CO2 emissions associated with the milling process and land / sea transport should be included in the overall carbon consumption figures.

Below is a summary of how Jacksons has identified a carbon neutral status for its timber products:

Carbon is stored in trees and typically in every tonne of timber, approximately 500 kg of carbon is stored.

Stored carbon kg
Consumed carbon kg
 1kg of timber
 From forest to sawmill
 Emissions from sawmill waste
 Transport to port
 Shipping   0.0926
 Transport from dock to Jacksons
 Transport from Jacksons to customer
 Total 1.835
 Embodied CO2 e/kg=0.7121

This means that in a standard timber product, the timber still represents a carbon store and assuming the life of the product exceeds the time that it would take to grow a tree, the effect on the environment is beneficial rather than detrimental.

The Jakcure process which delivers timber with a minimum 25-year life span, also demonstrates a positive move towards achieving sustainability. Timber that needs replacing after five years will not only place undue pressure on a finite resource.  With five times as much timber being used over a 25 year period, it will also increase the amount of concrete waste product in landfill sites by five times,  releasing further carbon emissions.

Manufacturing at Jacksons FencingJacksons manufacturing

All waste products associated with the sawing of timber are used as fuel to fire up our kilns.  The kilns enable an effective drying process which is pivotal to the efficacy of the Jakcure timber treatment system.






Lorries at Jacksons FencingJacksons transport

All new cars purchased by the company offer the lowest carbon emissions.  The lorries which are used by our in-house transport team are run on a percentage of biodiesel containing recycled waste oil.





Solar Panels at Jacksons FencingSolar panels

The company recently installed solar panels on one of its main workshops which produces sufficient 48.5Kw an hour of solar energy,  which is equivalent to generating sufficient energy to power almost 50 small electric heaters.

In 2013, Jacksons has taken the decision to begin working towards ISO 14001, the Environmental Management Standard.


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