Dynamic Office Solutions has implemented an initiative that will see it committing to actions that will reflect the goals of the crucial Paris Climate Change Agreement – a decade ahead of the UK government’s own deadline
In a bold ‘first in industry’ move it has set a tough target for itself and will be investing £1m over the next 20 years in the fight to reduce the effect of its own operations on the climate to net zero by 2040.
The plan involves every facet of its business from packaging, reducing carbon emissions, product components, healthy living initiatives, food waste, plastic usage, energy conservation, water saving, biodiversity and healthy/sustainable living.
Dynamic’s head of strategy, David Orr, commented: “We are hoping our customers will join in the journey that is critical to our children and future generations. Nobody is saying it will be easy – but failure is not an option. The prize is too important to ignore.”
Dynamic has already made a significant start in 2020. It is moving furniture packaging to polystyrene free solutions and progressing plans to reduce it to zero.
The transport and sales fleet now features several eco-friendly hybrid vehicles as well as some low emission models. More will be following, and staff are now being enrolled in training courses for eco-driving techniques.
In addition, all Dynamic transport’s impact on the climate is being tackled with its active participation in a carbon offset programme that will render all logistics movements carbon neutral.
Some are smaller measures that still make a big difference over time. Spring water dispensers and single use cups have been removed and replaced with filtered water fountains around its buildings. All staff have been equipped with repeat use water bottles they can fill from these.
Dynamic is formalising a paperless policy. Already warehouses and offices have new recycling zones where paper, glass, plastics and metals are segregated and re-cycled. Its initial goal is to reduce landfill waste by 15% in the first six months and achieve a further 35% saving by year three.
Low energy LED lighting is being introduced into all locations as part of an ongoing energy reduction programme.
Dynamic’s customer and vendor facing employees will be taking part in a planned reduction in travel either by car or air. There is a strategy to use video conferencing and other online techniques to help dramatically reduce its negative carbon footprint effect on road and air travel. If face-to-face is essential employees will be focused on travel by rail as a primary consideration. Dynamic is progressing detailed discussions with its supplier partners to ensure they join in the voyage.
Orr added: “It is the start of a long journey. But from day one we are making a positive impact on the environment we all share. Our environmental champions have been appointed and will be vigilant; ensuring everyone joins the battle and Dynamic remains clearly focused on doing the right thing.”
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