Builders and plumbers merchant group Wolseley UK has achieved the Carbon Trust Standard for cutting the carbon footprint of all of its UK operations.
The company reduced its carbon emissions by nearly 18% between August 1 2009 and July 31 2010.
Becky Lascelles, environment and CR coordinator at Wolseley UK, said: “We are thrilled to be awarded Carbon Trust certification and it is testament to all the hard work that the entire Wolseley team has put into our carbon saving initiatives over the past five years.”
Wolseley focussed on key areas of waste, energy and transport. Initiatives included introducing a backhauling process where clear plastic, cardboard and pallets are transported to larger sites for consolidation and recycling, which reduces waste sent to landfill.
The company has also embarked on a roll- out programme for the installation of SMART meters for electricity across all branches, to accurately monitor and, in turn, save on energy consumption.
Lascelles added: “To maintain and improve our environmental standards we have introduced a number of challenging environmental targets for 2012. We are aiming as a company to halve waste sent to landfill, reduce energy consumption by 10% and reduce water consumption by 5% to demonstrate our continued commitment to reducing our carbon footprint.”