Jessica Tabinor sustainable
WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY | 5 MIN READ
This World Environment Day, Gareth Morris, Director of HSQE, explains how Morson is reducing its carbon footprint.
He shares some information on the key areas of air pollution and some small changes that you can make to help combat the problem.
Gareth Morris, Morson Group Director, Head of Health, Safety, Quality and Environmental Compliance, has driven environmental awareness and compliance within Morson for the last 10 years. Gareth is an active member of The Supply Chain Sustainability School of which Morson is a partner, developing people and planet-positive strategies.
Today, we celebrate World Environment Day where the United Nations encourages worldwide awareness and actions to protect our environment. The theme for 2019 is air pollution which is one of the most significant challenges facing the UK and the rest of the world. Currently, we breach the European legal limits for Nitrogen Dioxide, and many UK cities exceed the safe limits for particulate matter expelled by diesel vehicles.
In this blog, I take a look at what you can do to help reduce air pollution and the key Morson environmental innovations that are currently in place.
Energy production is the leading source of air pollution, predominantly coal and gas power generation. The UK is investing heavily in renewable energy production, mainly through wind power.
We can all help by using less electricity at work and at home. Don’t leave devices and equipment on standby, keep heating at an optimal level and turn off lights when not required.
The transport sector accounts for 25% of energy-related carbon emissions. Reducing vehicle emissions is an important intervention to improve air quality, especially in urban areas.
We can all help by reducing the number of journeys we take, the distances we travel and by using public transport where possible. Air travel is a heavily polluting method of travel, so try and avoid it where possible.
About 24% of all greenhouse gases come from agriculture and other land use. The two major sources of air pollution from agriculture are livestock which produces methane and ammonia; and the burning of agricultural waste.
We can all help by eating more plant-based food, eliminating food waste and by eating local, seasonal foods.
Waste burning and organic waste in landfill release harmful dioxins, methane and black carbon into the atmosphere.
We can all help by reducing waste and segregating our waste.
Morson’s key environmental innovations
As part of our ISO 14000 Environmental Management standard, we set annual targets to reduce our carbon footprint and create sustainable work environments, which is underpinned by continual innovation, technology implementation and employee education to promote best practice behaviours. Our environmental policies work to minimise our CO2 emissions, waste per member of staff and divert waste from landfill.
Throughout 218 our key environmental innovations included:
- Automatic shut down on all PCs
- Promoting of car sharing
- Automatic sensor lighting
- Promoting of remote conference calling to eliminate unnecessary travel
- Green procurement
Targeting vehicle emissions
Average vehicle emissions continued to fall in 2018 thanks to proactive efforts in reducing our carbon footprint. Expanding the use of Traffilog technology, a global leader in Telematics, throughout our Vital Human Resources national fleet enabled continued improvements in behaviour and reductions in road risks. An ‘in cab’ visual and audio alert warning system provided live data and real-time feedback to our drivers to support safe driving in compliance with the law. The technology enabled us to analyse and act on any journey issues, helping to reduce fatalities, injuries and lost days that can arise from road traffic accidents, whilst giving our management team extensive insights into the way our drivers behave behind the wheel. Traffilog also maximised fuel efficiency and driver speeds, directly reducing associated driving costs.
Our continued committed to investing in vehicle technology and driver behaviour to ensure our staff and other road users remain safe at all times, saw us maintain our Bronze Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) accreditation.