In their drive to Net Zero, Ulster Carpets have set a series of ambitious targets and announced plans for a new sustainability role.

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Marking their 85th anniversary this year, the company is already the world’s premier supplier of Axminster and Wilton carpets to the world market. But protecting the planet remains of key importance, as outlined in their first Sustainability Report.

Nick Coburn, Group Managing Director at Ulster Carpets, explained, “As a third-generation company, our ethos is built on family and community values. These were attributes that my Grandfather instilled in Ulster Carpets when he established the company in Portadown in 1938.

“That same commitment is vital in protecting our planet and providing a long term, sustainable future for the generations that follow. We already have a proven track record as industry innovators and this report underpins our credentials as a sustainable company driving the change that our sector needs.”

The new report outlines five key targets to be met by 2025, including:

  • 50% reduction in carbon emissions
  • 18.5% reduction in energy intensity
  • 5% reduction in water consumption
  • 20% reduction in waste
  • 5% reduction in packaging

Beverley Copeland, Director Organisation Development at Ulster Carpets, added, “While sustainability and efficiency has been an important part of our history, by setting these key targets we are outlining our firm commitment to the future.

“We have already made some significant developments to reduce our waste and cut our energy and water usage but, as a company and an industry, we know there is still a lot of important work to be done. We are determined to continue on this important journey towards Net Zero and to ensure that we can provide a more sustainable future that will last for another 85 years and beyond.”


Following on from the launch of their Sustainability Strategy, Ulster Carpets are now seeking to appoint a Sustainability & Product Engineer.

“This is a brand new role and one that we believe is unique to our industry,” explained Beverley. “We already have a strong sustainability team in place and after successfully focusing on our environmental impact, we now need someone to take the lead on textile sustainability.

“We’re looking for someone with a curious mindset and a fascination for problem solving and delivering solutions. They will have to explore the challenges of textiles to landfill and have a passion to make a difference in the world.”

Ulster Carpets are respected across the world as textile pioneers and this new appointment continues a successful history of innovation. Manufacturing luxury carpets for the hospitality industry across the world, Ulster Carpets work closely with the world’s leading hotels, casinos and cruise ships.

Beverley added, “We feel we are already in a strong position within our industry but it is clear there are still major challenges to overcome. We have proved that we’re capable of leading the flooring industry from the front.

The reward will be collaborating with some of the best sustainability minds in global hospitality, cruise and casino brands on their sustainability journeys.”

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