Grundon has partnered with The CarbonNeutral Company as part of a three year progamme to offset vehicle emissions while supporting a community reforestation project in rural Uganda.
From January 1, Grundon’s entire transport fleet comprising of 491 road-going vehicles was certified as CarbonNeutral. The waste management firm expects to reduce 30,000 tonnes of carbon emissions over three years through its carbon finance programme.
The scheme, which has been validated to both the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Gold level of the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards (CCB), pays smallhold farmers to plant trees in a bid to help reverse the country’s trend towards deforestation, reducing soil erosion and improving local biodiversity.
Compliance manager Toni Robinson, said: “We’re proud to be leading the industry and setting new standards in environmental management. Over the last decade we have put considerable focus on improving our environmental credentials and have successfully reduced our carbon footprint by almost 80%.
“This is the next really big step and it’s one we’re incredibly excited and passionate about. For us, this is about so much more than just a sticker on the side of a truck, it’s a tangible demonstration of our commitment to continue to cut carbon emissions and, most importantly, it will have a huge benefit for the community in Uganda who we are helping. “
As part of this Grundon has invested £2.8 million in a fleet of 22 new ‘environmentally friendly’ vehicles which aim to improve efficiency and minimise fuel consumption.