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BioMAT Class 2 - World's first CarbonNeutral Class 2 MSC

Reducing Carbon within laboratories

1st August 2010

We are delighted to announce that the new BioMAT2 Class 2 Microbiological Safety Cabinet has been awarded CarbonNeutral® product certification by measuring all production emissions and then reducing them to net zero. In achieving this certification we hope that we can make a significant contribution to our customers needs for verifiable carbon reduction within your laboratory facilities.

As you may know we introduced the latest generation of the BioMAT2 Class 2 Microbiological Safety Cabinet earlier this year. From the earliest design stage we included a commitment to product carbon footprint reduction as an integral part of the research and development programme. The UK government has committed to reducing CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050. As non-domestic buildings account for one fifth of CO2 emissions a significant burden will fall on building owners to demonstrate ongoing carbon reduction towards this target. Legislation is already in place under the Climate Change Act 2008 and the CRC Energy Efficiency scheme for both new buildings and existing facilities. Laboratories are traditionally high consumers of energy and therefore any development in carbon reduction technology would make a valid contribution to these goals both for new laboratories and for existing facilities.

Our approach to carbon reduction of our new Class 2 Cabinet is threefold:-

Production Materials & Processes Reduction

All materials used within the new BioMAT2 have been carefully selected in order to minimise embedded carbon emissions wherever possible. As CAS is a UK manufacturer with our main suppliers within a 50 mile radius, emissions resulting from product transport and logistics are also minimised. Whilst obviously maintaining domestic engineering skills, employment and contributing to our national economy, cabinet production within the UK is also very beneficial in reducing carbon emissions as transportation emissions are massively reduced when compared to imported products.

Reduce Carbon Footprint to Net Zero

To achieve CarbonNeutral® product certification CAS worked with the CarbonNeutral Company, one of the world's leading carbon reduction providers, to measure and reduce product carbon emissions to net zero. All emissions related to the product including cradle to grave embodied emissions of raw materials, energy consumption, waste and logistics were quantified, reduced wherever possible and then measured. Annual production emissions were then reduced to net zero by carbon offsetting. This ensures that for every tonne of CO2 emitted by supply of a BioMAT2 Safety Cabinet an equivalent CO2 amount is saved.

The offsetting projects selected by CAS include a biogas to energy project in Thailand plus a One Nature reduction portfolio which consists of renewable energy projects such as solar, wind and hydropower projects.

We are the first clean air company able to offer our customers a CarbonNeutral® "cradle to gate" Class 2 Microbiological Safety Cabinet delivered to your laboratory.

"In Use" phase Emissions

We introduced significant design improvements in fan technology, electronic lighting and controls within the new BioMAT2 resulting in a power consumption of just 190W. Overall "in use" emissions however are obviously governed primarily by cabinet users in terms of operational hours, exhaust systems employed and other environmental factors affecting cabinet power consumption. We are happy to discuss individual installations with facility operators to offer advice on minimising use phase CO2 emissions wherever possible. This brings the obvious benefits of both reducing the facilities carbon footprint and also your energy bills associated with cabinet operations.


We recognise that environmental sustainability of products and processes will become of ever increasing concern to laboratory users in future years. Current and impending legislation will impose stringent carbon reduction targets on laboratory owners, both for new build and existing facilities. We hope that by introducing the first CarbonNeutral® Class 2 Microbiological Safety Cabinet we can make a valid contribution to laboratory carbon reduction, adding real value to the products and services we provide. Prices for the new CarbonNeutral® BioMAT2 are completely unchanged demonstrating our ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability.

BioMAT 2 Class 2 Microbiological Safety Cabinet
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Should you require a product demonstration, further technical information or a quotation for the new CarbonNeutral® BioMAT2 cabinet please contact your local Sales Manager:

For more information call: +44 (0)161 655 8860

Email: info@containedairsolutions.co.uk

Contained Air Solutions, Unit 4, Greengate, Middleton Junction, Manchester, M24 1RU.

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