Green merchant slashes carbon footprint

Published:  12 February, 2010

CHELTENHAM: Greenshop Group has lowered the carbon footprint of its employees during the working day to less than half the national average.

The merchant has also offset its carbon footprint, becoming a "CarbonZero Company" through co2balance.

Its carbon reduction measures included a 4.6kw solar PV system, increased insulation, a solar thermal array and a log boiler fuelled by waste wood.

There are washrooms for staff who cycle to work, and the organisation has a policy of travelling by train for business trips to Europe.

Jane Powell from the Greenshop said: "We have worked hard to reduce our carbon footprint, and have a level of only 1.34 tonnes per employee. The national average varies but a rough estimate is about 3 tonnes, so we are delighted to be well below this level and it reflects the work that we have carried out".

Paul Chiplen from co2balance says: "The Greenshop is the perfect example of a company that has completely managed, and taken responsibility for, its carbon footprint. It also shows that you can make the environment a core part of your business whilst at the same time becoming a successful company".

Roger Budgeon founded the Greenshop Group 25 years ago. Within this time the business has evolved into separate, clearly focused companies that market environmental, technical and sustainable products to the general public, the trade and industry, dealing with retail and wholesale, showing that environmentally friendly enterprise can be successful.

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