In July, Loomis achieved re-certification for its Carbon Footprint Label certificate and in August completed the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme Regulations 2014 (ESOS) qualification.
What are these accreditations, what does it mean for Loomis, for customers and more importantly for the environment?
The Carbon Footprint Label
The road to Carbon Footprint Label Certification is a journey Loomis UK started back in 2010 with a formal commitment to reducing the company’s carbon footprint. This was done in conjunction with the Carbon Trust who carried out an in depth survey of major impacts which included fuel, utility outputs and the usage of polymer products (bags etc).
The resulting survey gave recommendations for reducing these impacts and, following changes to working practices, Loomis UK achieved full accreditation in 2012 - becoming the first service company to achieve the Footprint Label in the UK.
This accreditation stands as evidence of the company’s approach and commitment to reducing carbon emissions. To achieve recertification in 2015 Loomis had to evidence further reductions in its footprint. The certification was awarded as Loomis had shown a reduction of 2%.
ESOS is a mandatory energy assessment scheme for organisations in the UK that meet the qualification criteria and The Environment Agency is the UK scheme administrator.
Organisations that qualify for ESOS must carry out ESOS assessments every 4 years. These assessments are audits of the energy used by their buildings, industrial processes and transport to identify cost-effective energy saving measures.
Organisations must notify the Environment Agency by a set deadline that they have complied with their ESOS obligations by the completion date of December 2015.
We have now completed the assessment and are now in the process of registering with the Environmental Agency.
Loomis UK is committed to reducing its carbon emissions year on year and some of the areas currently being implemented or considered include:
- Recycling of all polymer bags
- Assessment and if necessary efficient air conditioning systems for all premises
- Replacing inefficient lighting tubes with LED’s
- Vehicle fuel usage / efficiency – potential to reduce CO2 by a further 580,00 kgs.