We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and in 2009 we were among the first 100 organisations in the UK to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard in recognition of our efforts. This mark was renewed in 2011 and we plan to continue to renew it every two years.
Initiatives which have helped us earn this mark include: reducing our electricity and gas usage; optimising our delivery routes to ensure we are driving fewer miles; driving more efficiently; revising our fleet to ensure it is as fuel efficient as possible; changing our vehicle acquisition policy from a lease-rate measurement to whole-life cost; increasing recycling; and reducing our use of paper and packaging.
We are working with the industry to encourage collective responsibility and ensure others take action.
We are also promoting environmental education. Part of our commitment to education has included the creation of our Enviromenzies website, aimed at helping primary school age children understand the importance of reducing our impact on the environment.