We have been certified Carbon Neutral for a second year running and we’re now offsetting our employees’ carbon footprint to help combat pollution.
We slashed carbon emissions by 90% since we changed to open-road-tolling last year and have now achieved Carbon Neutral status for a second time by further reducing our direct and indirect emissions, from owned or controlled sources.
The biggest impact has been made from optimising energy consumption through employee initiatives and education, LED lighting installation and purchasing 100% green energy. Plus our recent introduction of open-road-tolling, a team garden with beehives, employee composting and an internal recycling scheme are all counting towards supporting the Government’s 2050 net zero target, reducing carbon footprint and energy consumption.
To celebrate our green achievement, we have decided to off-set our 150 employees’ annual carbon footprints – which is a comined total of 1,043 tonnes, costing £4,533 – by donating that cash to help reduce pollution in Delhi, India.
Our Chief Executive at TT2, Philip Smith, explains more: “We are encouraging every one in our team to think greener and make active efforts across the whole site to reduce energy use and increase recycling and, it’s working – everyone’s pulling together and doing a great job.
“We asked all our people to vote for a United Nations carbon offsetting project they would like to support and they chose a ‘Gold Standard’ off-set scheme to help upgrade a composting plant in Okhla, Delhi. We are proud to be making a difference to the environment, not just on our doorstep, but now on the other side of the world, too.”
The Delhi composting plant turns 200 tonnes of waste collected from dumpsites every day, into compost which is used by local farmers to help rejuvenate the soil that has been affected by the overuse of chemical fertilisers.
We are also trialling our first electric vehicle, with a view to replacing our full diesel-powered fleet with EVs, to reduce yearly carbon emissions by 60 tonnes.