Our Environment

 

As one of the largest businesses within our local area, we recognise and respect our responsibilities. We comply with all applicable environmental laws and we continually review and adapt our processes to ensure we reach our targets, year after year to reduce and minimise our impact on the environment.

Energy

Business Principle

We have a solid integrated policy of energy management, reduction and awareness across the whole of our business. This is even included in our new employee induction, to ensure all new employees are aware of our energy policies from the moment they join Stateside Foods.

Challenges

Challenges with energy usage never stop in a business of our size, so we continually monitor all of our energy usage, using remote monitoring across the whole of the business; this enables us to quickly react to any changes to ensure we operate in a controlled manner. ISO 50001 is an accredited standard which helps organisations to use their energy efficiently through the development of an effective energy management system. This not only helps to conserve resources but contributes to tackling climate change.

ISO 50001 is our main driver for energy reduction across the business. We have an energy management team who plan energy strategies and targets for the business throughout the whole of the year and into the future. We include in our energy management team, people from all areas and levels, to get as broad a perspective as possible, to ensure we are making effective improvements throughout. We ensure we are heading towards our agreed targets.

Progress to Date

Our energy reduction achievements date back several years. More recently our rate of progress has increased with ISO 50001. In early 2017 we obtained our accreditation. At the beginning of 2018, we had our first annual audit and we passed. This gives assurance that we are making progress and continually reducing our carbon footprint.

We have a number of mechanisms in place to enable us to observe and measure our energy consumption and also to target areas of our business. We have metrics in place that we measure against, these are termed ENPI’s (energy perfomance indicators). Our ENPI’s are based around:

Kilowatt hours of:
Electricity against product volume (pieces).

Gas against product volume (pieces).

All the metrics are calculated monthly and compared against historical performance.

2018 Targets

Despite our continued growth as a business, we are committed to continually reducing our energy consumption through continuous improvement projects. Our target for 2018, is to reduce our energy consumption by a further 0.5%.

Packaging

Business Principle

Our aim is to ensure all packaging is fit for purpose, whilst ensuring it has a minimal impact on the environment.

Challenges

To ensure that all packaging used is fit for purpose, we work with our suppliers and customers to ensure we provide the best possible solutions. When considering the best possible solutions, we will not only look at innovation, but we will consider the following criteria: Reduce (is there a need); Reuse (does the packaging have a future use); Recycle (can the packaging be recycled).

Progress to Date

We are constantly working to ensure that we remain up to date with the latest technologies in the packaging sector, whilst maintaining awareness of government legislation, allowing us to strategise our plans for now and the future.

With regard to the current war on plastic pollution, we are proud to say that after the introduction of a fully bio-degradable, card base board into our pizza production, these have now replaced almost 100% of our old style polystyrene discs, winning Stateside Foods the Co-op’s Sustainable Innovation Award. We have also begun work to remove single use plastic cups and bottles from our site.

By analysing, reviewing and changing the way we receive key ingredients into Stateside Foods, we have saved 6.8 tonnes of plastic each year. This is equivalent to 166,800 350ml plastic bottles. We have also saved 18.35 tonnes of cardboard each year. This is equivalent to 917,663 10” pizza discs, or 5 Asian elephants.

Delivery Goals

We will continue to work with our suppliers, customers and their suppliers, and consult with government bodies and other oganisations, such as WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) to ensure the best possible methods of packaging are chosen and used.

Waste

Business Principle

Our aim is to put all of our waste to good use.

Challenges

With the current focus on food waste, plastic pollution and recycling, we have challenged ourselves to reduce our plastic waste and to drive recycling throughout the business.

Progress to Date

A process of waste stream reduction and staff education is in process to increase recycling and reduce waste. We have removed all desk bins from our offices and replaced them with recycling bins for cardboard, plastic, metal and food. This move means that all waste must be placed in the correct bin ready to be recycled. We are proud that since 2015, we have contributed zero waste to landfill. Our non recyclable waste goes to RDF or Refuse Derived Fuel which is used to generate energy. The result is that we are a zero to landfill site.

We have reviewed our processes in areas of packaging and supply chain and we are currently making the complete move from non-recyclable polystyrene plastic discs in our pizza packaging, to fully recyclable cardboard discs.

Delivery Goals

We are continually looking for ways to reduce waste further. Our next goal is to completely remove single use plastic cups and bottles from our canteens and offices. We aim to remove plastic bottles from our vending machines and to replace them with recyclable cans and to provide accessible tap water for our people to fill up multi-use water bottles.

Water and effluent

Business Principle

Through robust stewardship, our aim is to reduce the amount of water we use per tonne of production, and minimise our impact on water and effluent.

Challenges

Reduce water usage.
Monitor the amounts of water used in our operations.
Control the quality of our waste water.

Progress to Date

Water is a major component of our manufacturing process, in both our food manufacturing process and for the cleaning of our factories and equipment. Due to continued growth in production and the increase in effluent, we have installed our own onsite water treatment plant to enable us to treat all of our waste water. The plant came into operation in February 2018; this not only reduces our impact on the environment, but also on our local water treatment plant which therefore benefits the local area and other local businesses too. By investing in technological improvements, we have significantly reduced the amount of water we use for our processes and improved the quality of our waste water.

Delivery Goals

Through the use of Key Performance Indicators, we will continue to monitor and reduce our consumption of water across the business. We will continually review our targets to ensure we are always challenged to further drive the reduction in our consumption.

Carbon

Business Principle

We aim to reduce our operational emissions by 16% in line with the 2020 Climate Change Levy target. We also actively encourage our supply chain to engage in projects to reduce their carbon emissions.

Challenges

We continually assess opportunities to improve, and we keep our eyes and our minds open to new technologies. Being an ISO 50001 accredited business, we have the tools to continually scrutinise every element of our company performance and monitor the most efficient use. With this approach, we minimise our carbon emissions, whilst continuing to be competitive in the market.

Progress to Date

For many years, we have been operating in accordance with the Climate Change Agreement. This challenges us to achieve annual targets, continually reducing our carbon impact. We are committed to reducing the energy needed to make our products, despite the continued growth of the business. With the integration of network energy monitoring systems, we have been able to identify anomalies in our energy usage and rectify any issues. This has enabled us to further reduce our carbon footprint in line with the 2020 Climate Change Agreements (CCA) targets.
Our cycle to work scheme, which helps our people to purchase new bicycles at discounted prices, as well as keeping our staff healthier and happier, is saving over 44 tonnes of carbon per year. Through the introduction of double decked trailers in 2017 and improvements to our logistical operations, we are achieving further reductions in CO2 emissions. Through this project, we save approximately 16,000 miles travelled each year, which is eqivalent to 29 tonnes of carbon.

Delivery Goals

Stateside Foods is committed to continually reducing our carbon emissions, by looking at new initiatives.