Document management firm branches out to reduce its carbon footprint

March 21, 2012

Radstock-based CFH Total Document Management is to make up for the carbon emitted from its print and post Docmail service by planting trees under an agreement with Woodland Carbon, the Woodland Trust’s carbon removal scheme.

Managing director Dave Broadway: “Investing in carbon in the UK has a strong message to our customers and stakeholders that we are committed to sustainable business practice. Running alongside our own Toptree Initiative, we are anticipating locking up 800 tonnes of carbon this year.

"Customers using our Docmail print and post service can be confident that they are contributing to the creation of new UK woodland, vital for the capture and storage of carbon. Climate change is a major long term threat to woodland in this country, and by joining Woodland Carbon we can play our own part in tackling the results of climate change.”

As one of the Woodland Trust’s original corporate partners, CFH was one of the first companies to link tree planting with the use of sustainably-sourced paper products 15 years ago.

The company has also recently formed a two-year partnership with the University of the West of England (UWE) which has identified a number of measures to reduce the company’s overall energy usage by at least 15%.

Mr Broadway added: “It has always been our policy to make genuine changes to our business processes to reduce our environmental impact, not just a paper 'tick the box' exercise. Our work with UWE will introduce fundamental changes to the way we run our business.

"The energy saving potential here at CFH is huge. At CFH we estimate we currently spend around £500,000 each year on energy, and if we can reduce this cost then that is an enormous boost to the company.”

Sue East of the Woodland Trust said: “Deforestation accounts for one fifth of global carbon emissions, more than the combined emissions of every vehicle on the planet. The Trust’s Woodland Carbon scheme offers a unique way to capture and store carbon emissions and at the same time helps reforest the UK. We are delighted that CFH has extended its commitment to the Woodland Trust by joining this scheme.”



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