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At the start of the year I began my studies for the CIM Professional Certificate in Marketing and it seemed like it would be a long year of study. However the year has flown by and I am now preparing to take my final exam which is based on a case study; this term Wind Power is the topic.

By 2020, 15% of the final consumption of energy in the UK needs to come from renewable sources. Currently only 4% of the UK’s electricity generation comes from renewable sources so there is a long way to go!

Wind Farms are on the up in the UK, and all over the world. In fact, we supply barrier foil packaging to a customer who packages the motors which are used in wind turbines. The aluminium laminates ensure the protection of the motor during storage and transportation to the site of the wind farm.

As the UK, and the rest of the world, increasingly recognise the need to move away from non-renewable energy sources to renewable ones, the number of wind farms will continue to rise. Some small businesses are even using smaller wind turbines to generate the electricity they require. Unfortunately, Protective Packaging’s property is surrounded by other buildings and trees, and there is not frequent wind so planning permission would not be given for our own Protective Packaging wind farm. Also, Manchester is better known for its rain than it’s sunshine, so solar power is not an option either!

So, until we relocate to windier or sunnier climates, we will continue to support the move towards renewable energy with the provision of our superior packaging to companies who need to protect their valuable investments; for both their future and the future of our planet.

Vanessa Slade