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Bibby Distribution urges businesses to reduce impact of their supply chains on the environment

Bibby Distribution, the UK’s largest family-owned logistics company, is urging businesses to reduce the impact of their supply chains on the environment, following its own year-long commitment to making its operation more sustainable.

Since the launch of the ‘Three Green Balls’ initiative in 2008, the company has already seen a reduction in its levels of CO² by over 2,500 tonnes per annum.

Designed to address the three main areas of environmental impact, the plan aims to increase the company’s fuel efficiency, utilise the full capacity of its vehicles and upgrade its utility usage in properties, exploiting new technologies where possible. At a more strategic level it also sets out to reduce waste and costs by improving fuel usage, supporting new developments in alternative, eco-efficient technology and implementing new vehicle design.

In addition to making changes to its distribution operations, Bibby Distribution has reduced its environmental impact within other areas of the business. The company has made an annual reduction of over 600 tonnes of CO2 after investing over £500,000 in implementing changes to its warehousing, retrofitting three of its major distribution centres with state-of-the-art energy-efficient lighting. They have also just replaced their entire estate of copying machines after establishing a requirement for printing over 6 million pages each year! In addition to savings of up to 30% in paper, this will also result in a saving of 220 tonnes pa of CO². To give this some perspective, these two reductions alone are equivalent to taking 164 cars off the road permanently.

Steve Potter, Operations Director for Bibby Distribution Ltd, comments "There is now an increasing responsibility for logistics companies to think about the environmental impact of their actions and make changes to reduce CO2 levels.

This is an integral part of our business strategy as we strive towards supporting a greener and more efficient future. It’s key to our goal of long-term sustainable value creation for our customers and we would urge other businesses to make similar changes to their operations to improve environmental performance both by exploiting short term opportunities as well as searching for the alternative technology developments."

To support and encourage environmentally beneficial changes throughout the supply chain, Bibby Distribution is partnering with several influential customers, especially in the grocery sector, to promote its efforts jointly. A recent example of this is a joint project with one of its key customers, a major supermarket, which has resulted in a 12% improvement in vehicle utilisation and a subsequent reduction of 110,000 ‘green miles’ per annum.

The company has also introducing an award at its annual company conference to encourage employees to strive for effective environmental impact management and develop new, more energy-efficient ways of working.

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