European logistics provider XPO has achieved carbon-neutral status for its 32,500m2 Crick center in the UK, which serves as its headquarters and national distribution hub for the UK and Ireland. The goal was achieved 12 months ahead of plan, according to the company’s sustainability commitment.
XPO was awarded the status by Carbon Neutral Britain after reducing its site emissions before offsetting the final 1,124 tons of CO2e. The original target for reaching this status had been December this year.
Dan Myers, managing director – UK and Ireland at XPO Logistics, said, “Achieving carbon neutrality at our Crick facility is an important step in our sustainability journey. Reaching our target well ahead of plan is a testament to our commitment to deliver on our planet’s positive promises and to the hard work of all our colleagues at Crick. Still, we are not resting on our laurels. We know there is more to do, and we need to do it faster, working with our outstanding team. I am confident we will achieve carbon neutrality in additional company sites this year.”
Emissions from the Crick site were reduced in several ways, including:
- Switching to Tier 1 energy supply – including wind, solar and hydro;
- Replacing all lighting with LEDs throughout offices and the warehouse, which happened more than a year earlier than expected;
- Reducing water demand by monitoring use across the site and introducing measures to reduce consumption;
- Working with a waste contractor to achieve zero waste to landfill and increase segregation of waste streams to boost overall recycling;
- Implementing an internal reuse initiative for scrap packaging in the High Bay operations (wood, metal and high-grade card);
- Segregating packaging waste to optimize rebates before reinvesting this in other initiatives on-site.
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