Hatch Mansfield: ISO 14001, Woodlands Trust and Carbon Offsetting
Over the last 8 years we have looked very hard at the best way to articulate our attitude to the environment, and how best to respond to the challenges involved. We talked to our suppliers, our customers, the trade and our team.
It would have been easy to adopt a couple of big issues and driven them hard and grabbed some headlines. However, easy wins is just that and we wanted something for the long term which is why we embarked on achieving ISO 14001 accreditation.
ISO 14001 is a comprehensive environmental management system. Many of our suppliers have ISO accreditation to manage their environmental impacts through the production chain from vineyard to packaged product. Our freight carriers Hillebrand are a standard bearer for ISO 14001 shipping to the UK and many of our larger customers have, or are moving towards accreditation.
Some of the key features required by ISO14001 include:
- a thorough ongoing analysis of all the companies environmental impacts
- a structured response, policy and plan
- a commitment to continuous improvement and reduction of pollution
- a detailed knowledge of legal compliance
- full engagement of the Hatch Mansfield team
- bi-annual external audits
In 2013 we started working with the Woodland Trust to mitigate our impact on the environment by locking up carbon emissions in the UK through woodland creation.
Trees are nature's most powerful tool in helping to combat climate change. They suck in harmful carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere and breathe out fresh, clean oxygen. As they grow, trees absorb the CO2 emissions and store the carbon in their roots, trunks and branches. The carbon dioxide stays there for the lifetime of the tree, and so by planting new ones, we create a cycle whereby CO2 is being permanently removed. This leads to cleaner, fresher air for everyone to breathe and helps cool down the planet.
Since 2014, Hatch Mansfield have taken the further step to offset all the CO2 created by the company’s office and business travel (cars, planes, trains etc.) and the distribution of all wine from LCB, our UK warehousing partner. By asking staff and customers to vote on which carbon project to support, we ensure the choice has the most resonance with our key stakeholders.
In 2015 we have subsequently partnered with Carbon Footprint; and offset a further 470 tonnes of CO2, by supporting various project such as the sustainable use of the LifeStraw Family water purification device in rural Kenya and sustainable boreholes in rural Rwanda.
When we set the 2016 objectives we had no idea that the UK would vote for Brexit. As an importer of all goods the immediate devaluation of Sterling, meant that we had to stop all none core activity and focus on finding a path for a successful future in a very different World. The impact on EMS was that as a Board we agreed to continue with all offsets in place at the end of 2015 but would delay the inbound logistics objective until we had reached more stable times.
The ongoing pressures on the business which followed the vote for Brexit have conspired to continue to cause uncertainty within both the wider environment and by definition our business. The impact of this uncertainty underpins the Boards decision to delay the inbound logistics objective until we had reached more stable times. This Board decision had an impact on objective 7.
- Smooth and successful transition to the new ISO14001:2015 standard.
- As an organisation we still have energy as a key issue, despite the impact of Brexit we still maintain an incentive for our employees to drive fuel efficient cars and to use rail travel, this is despite the higher costs that this entail. We also in 2016 invested in sophisticated conference call facilities in order to reduce the need to travel.
- Meter data has been collected since 2007. We purchased a new system of heating the building which should show good CO2 savings. It has moved from 32.8 tonnes in 2014 to 28.4 tonnes in 2015 a reduction of 15% which was moving from the old to new system. However in 2016 it was 29.99 tonnes. This is disappointing but we are working with the system providers to try and realise the promised benefits of the new system. Following work with employees to manage the system I am delighted to report that in 2017 the office related CO2 fell to 28.28 tonnes.
- The total CO2 emissions per head produced by travel decreased in 2017 to the lowest recorded since our records began. This was driven transport contributors with the exception of car transport where there was a marginal increase this may have resulted from the fact that we had people ‘on the road’ for an additional period of time due to not travelling overseas. We will offset 204 tonnes of travel related CO2 for 2017 a 50% reduction on 2016.
- Car CO2 per head was marginally up from 2.36 tonnes in 2016 to 2.38 tonnes in 2017
- Flights down dramatically from 8.29 tonnes in 2016 to 3.23 tonnes in 2017
- Trains and other transport remained stable at 0.23 tonnes in both 2016 and 2017
- Working with Carbon Footprint, we have quantified the total CO2 emissions produced as a result of our UK based distribution. We will offset 846 tonnes of CO2 for 2017. This is a significant increase above what our increased turnover suggests it should be. On deeper analysis it is due to more customers taking smaller drops from our UK warehouse.
- We will continue to identify various projects to offset all CO2 emissions produced by the company’s activities and used survey monkey to engage our stakeholders in voting on the final choice of offset project.
Hatch Mansfield are also a corporate supporter of the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) via selected wines from Jean-Luc Colombo, giving an annual donation, to help the BBKA's research into the health of honey bees.
If you have any questions regarding our ISO14001 Environmental Management System, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.