Hampshire firm iRed wins global green award

Posted on 4 March, 2022 by Advance 

A Hampshire thermal imaging and drone technology company has scooped a top prize at the Global Green Business Awards.

Ray Faulkner, managing director of iRed.
Courtesy iRed

Headquartered in Emsworth, near Portsmouth, iRed was named ‘Most Pioneering Sustainability Consultancy’ by the expert panel of judges.

In part the international award was given because the company saved client Anglian Water @one Alliance £2.2 million.

The water firm’s recycling centre in Grantham, Lincs, required expansion to serve a growing population.

The iRed team was called in to use its drone technology and various sensors to collect information and data on the site.

Its experts were able to advise the client that a complete rebuild was unnecessary and instead the site could re-profiled instead.

As well as a projected saving of £2.2 million it led to a 90% reduction in C02 emissions.

The project also won the Construction News Award for Sustainable Project of the Year, along with the Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice. The awards are run by Acquisition International.

Ray Faulkner, managing director of iRed, said: “Winning the 2021 Most Pioneering Sustainability Consultancy award is a major achievement for us.

“The year was difficult for business but our team continued to deliver their expertise in a wide variety of sectors.

“The project for which we won the award shows the amounts of money we can save clients.

“On this site we also saved thousands of hours of surveying time and lots of emissions.

“We have a multidisciplinary team of industry experts who use innovative technologies to identify faults, improve efficiency and reduce carbon emissions across a broad range of industries.

“More sectors are discovering what savings and efficiencies are available through our expertise.”
Jack Bloomfield, marketing manager at iRed, said: “As a team, we pride ourselves on using the latest techniques and practices known to industry.

“So winning this award is an amazing achievement for us and we’re extremely grateful to all of our customers and partners for making this happen.”

Simon Armitt, Integrated Project Leader Anglian Water @One Alliance, said: “For us this is a massive achievement - it’s been an absolute pleasure working with iRed, and we’re now exploring further opportunities to utilise multispectral and thermal analysis going forward.”

Founded in 2002 by Ray Faulkner who has pioneered the advances in thermography, iRed's  technology was traditionally used to examine buildings for failing insulation and in the electrical sector to check wiring. Now there are a plethora of applications with iRed acting as a consultancy and specialist training centre. Furthermore, iRed has been a pioneering company in the adaption of drone technology which it combined with its existing technologies.