Aquaponics Uk operates observing six core principles designed to ensure that the company has a positive impact on the environment through minimising its own impact and by improving the global environment through sustainable integrated agriculture and minimising waste. This whilst maintaining a high standard of customer service and most appropriate use of technology for the area.
- Eco-conscious material choices: from our systems to our business cards we strive to use the most sustainable materials available and are constantly researching new, more environmentally friendly products. We take a life cycle approach to design to try to minimise impact by looking at the system as a whole, all of the inputs and outputs and the environmental costs of their production, use and disposal.
- High food safety and welfare standards: Aquaponics is a relatively new industry and as such we need to make sure that we do not make the same mistakes as with traditional terrestrial aquaculture and establish the highest food safety and welfare standards from the outset. This is in constant development at Aquaponics Uk from the use of RSPCA standards in all of our designs to research into aquaponic specific microbiological test kits.
- Minimise energy use: energy use can be one of the largest inputs to and impacts of aquaponics production, especially in a temperate environment. We work closely with renewable energy companies to source the best renewable technology for all of our systems where possible; maximise use of passive solar energy and minimise the energy we use as a company through office sharing and being a paper free as possible.
- No square pegs in round holes: although it is widely attested that aquaponics can be used anywhere, we do not think it necessarily should be. We carry out extensive feasibility studies for each of our projects to determine whether it is the most appropriate technology choice.
- Closed loop production systems: the more integrated ecosystems are the more stable they become. We strive to design our systems to have as few inputs and as many outputs as possible through integrating additional technologies/methods such as vermiculture, on-farm feed production, livestock production integrated pest management, renewable energy systems and more.
- Be transparent open and honest: last but certainly not least we aim for the highest possible customer service, best value for money and to be open and honest with staff, investors and clients.