The promotion of the use of renewable energy to power their temporary welfare facilities has been an important aspect for the Genquip Groundhog partnership. Serious investment has been made in developing products that drastically reduce the burning of fossil fuels, helping to foster a cleaner environment.
Their efforts have now been formally recognised by one of the leading environmental campaigners, The Green Organisation, with their Unisex Solar Hybrid Toilet winning a Green Apple award.
Genquip Groundhog has been invited to receive their award at a ceremony held at the Palace of Westminster on 23rd November 2020.
The Unisex Solar Hybrid Toilet is a combined male and female toilet system that is designed for use on construction sites. The female area features a low flush eco toilet with a 400 litre waste tank. The male compartment also has low flush eco toilet and a 1200mm waterless urinal with a 1200mm stainless steel wash trough with two warm water taps. Both female and male users of the Unisex Solar Hybrid Toilet benefit from warm water supplied by on-board heating system, 12V LED lighting with PIR, liquid soap and paper towel dispenser.
Genquip-Groundhog placed carbon emission reduction; lower fuel costs and empowering the use of renewable energy at the heart of Unisex Solar Hybrid Toilet.
Uniquely, the Unisex Solar Hybrid Toilet is powered by a combination of highly efficient 130amp power AGM battery, which is charged via an intelligent solar power system with a built in controller. The complete system is backed up by an on-board super-silenced generator, which ensures that the most cost-effective and energy efficient power supply is maintained, even when it is unmanned.
Commenting on this award, Peter Beach, Genquip Groundhog’s sales and marketing manager said, “There is real concern about the amount of fossil fuels used on construction sites and as our welfare facilities are often in use for twenty-four hours, we worked hard to find a solution that used less fuel. To have our Unisex Solar Hybrid Toilet officially honoured as a ‘green’ product has made our efforts feel worthwhile.”
The Green Apple Environment Awards is an annual international campaign to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world. The awards were launched in 1994 by The Green Organisation and have become well established as one of the most popular environmental campaigns in the world.
Genquip-Groundhog is a partnership between two long established privately owned companies that have been in engaged in business together for over 30 years. With state of the art modern manufacturing facilities based in South Wales, the partnership specialises in the manufacture and marketing of environmentally sensitive construction site accommodation systems, which includes both static and mobile units.
The first Groundhog mobile welfare unit left their production line in 1987.