Blakemore Logistics has identified two key environmental impacts and made strategic investments and operational changes to embed environmental sustainability into its core services. This includes reducing CO2 emissions and waste to landfill through stakeholder engagement within its supply chain.
Social and environmental impacts
- A reduction in emissions from 16,663 tonnes of CO2 in 2010/11 to 14,377 tonnes in 2012/13.
- A reduction in fuel used by 478,675 litres from 2010/11 to 2012/13.
- An increase in tonnage recycled from 3,636 tonnes to 4,976 tonnes from 2011/12 to 2012/13.
- Improved financial income and cost savings from key environmental measures equating to almost £2.5m between 2011/12 and 2012/13.
- The Blakemore backhaul recycling scheme has benefitted its customers with 48% of SPAR store estate across the Meridian & Welsh Guild participating in the scheme to reduce waste.
- An improvement in trade and regional perception of the company via business and community study tours of the recycling centre.
The Blakemore Sustainability Programme is an example of how the company brings its values to life via a targeted corporate responsibility and sustainability programme. Blakemore identified two key issues - reducing their waste to landfill and its CO2 emissions, and implemented the Programme to address them.
One aim of the programme is to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill across the operation; including that of customers, fellow divisions of the company, and other local businesses. The company handled 5,215 tonnes of waste in 2012/13 alone.
The company also identified a need to reduce the carbon footprint of the operation via a targeted and collaborative approach to fuel and energy efficiency across their distribution process. With distribution to more than 950 SPAR stores located across the UK, their operation travels around 10 million miles to deliver up to 60 million cases per year.
Blakemore has four key targets for the Programme:
Measure and minimise the carbon footprint of the organisation;
Minimise its impact upon climate change by improving efficiencies in fuel and energy usage;
Help customers and suppliers minimise their environmental impact;
Undertake activity to minimise waste throughout its operations.
The company's approach to environmental management is led from the top, but includes engagement with colleagues at all levels in addition to supporting its key SPAR customers on sustainability issues through partnership with food & drink and vehicle suppliers.
This includes the introduction of a £750,000 recycling centre that is utilised by the wider company, retail customers, local businesses and local community plus the introduction of on-going environmental efficiency initiatives throughout the distribution process.