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.

Our purpose

It is impossible to ignore the devastating effects of increasing amounts of plastic and other waste materials, destroying our oceans and their inhabitants. Energy resources are depleting and our carbon footprints contribute to the ever growing issue of global warming and extreme weather conditions that we are becoming more and more familiar with.

As a business that cares for this generation and those to follow, we understand our responsibility to drive a positive environmental change. By adopting and developing effective initiatives we can reduce our personal consumption of packaging and production of waste materials, and minimize our impact in order to preserve the environment.

There is an urgency for us to succeed in driving down the negative effects of the day to day activities, that leave an ecological footprint not only of ourselves, but also of the members of our supply chain.

Packaging

Business Principle

Our aim has been to ensure that we drive packaging reduction initiatives and to constantly identify improvements to our packaging for our entire product range in order to make recycling easier.

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).

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.

The wider Freiberger Group, Stateside Foods’ parent company have set up a working party, consisting of key employees, universities and industry experts to drive the sustainable packaging agenda.

Progress to Date

We are proud that since 2015, we have contributed zero waste to landfill. Our non recyclable waste goes to RDF (Refuse Derived Fuel) which is used to generate energy. The result is that we are a zero to landfill site.

The elimination of 647 tonnes of plastic from landfill each year by removing plastic and polystyrene packaging from our products.

A reduction in incoming deliveries of packaging materials of 142 lorry loads each year.

Current Projects

Removal of 46 tonnes of plastic each year, through planned adaptations to current packaging materials

Introduction of a recycling scheme for our label backing paper, removing 50 tonnes of waste each year, making us the 1st manufacturer to use the recycle scheme.

Adopt the use of BNAT (bio-based Polyethylene shrink film made of up to 40% sugarcane).

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.

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 the system that we use to monitor and maintain control of energy optimisation.

We have an energy management team who plan energy strategies and targets for the business. We include in our energy management team, people from all areas and levels within the business, 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 and maintaining current ENPIs (Energy Performance Indicators).

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 were re-audited. This gives assurance that we are making progress and continually reducing our carbon footprint.

We have a programme in place where any light fitting that fails, is replaced with an LED alternative that not only reduces energy consumption, but also improves lighting in the area.

Frequency invertors have been fitted to all energy consuming drive systems throughout the business to minimise energy usage.

We have introduced low energy motion sensitive LED lighting to our office and warehouse facilities.

Current Projects

We are collaborating with our colleagues in Germany to see how new temperature controllers can improve product quality consistency through more accurate temprature control on ovens and refrigeration, whilst also reducing energy consumption.

We are installing a number of energy monitoring loggers with a view to monitoring the plant start up process to ensure we eliminate wasted energy from high energy consuming equipment such as ovens and fridge plants, too early.

Future Plans

Introduction of a staff awareness programme, identifying energy champions in all areas of the business to ensure everyone considers energy consumption and the environment in all actions of the business.

Food Waste

Business Principle

Our aim is to put unavoidable waste to good use.

Progress to Date

We manage our manufacturing processes to enable us to deep chill our finished products. The performance of this process allows us to give our retail customers maximum in-store shelf life and as such has had a massive reduction in their levels of food waste.

Other Internal Waste

Business Principle

Our aim is to put unavoidable waste to good use.

2025 Vision

Reduce general waste by 50%

How? By improving waste segregation across all sites and office areas, ensuring waste streams are not contaminated, to allow recycling.

Decrease our paper usage by 50%

How? By challenging everyone in the business to reduce paper usage by utilising digital means.

Progress to Date

A process of waste streams, reduction of use and staff education is in place 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.
Removal of single use plastic cups and bottles from our site.

Future Plans

A new Warehouse Management module nd manufacturing system will be installed to enable the use of mobile scanning devices in all material movement areas, reducing the use of paper.

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.

2025 Vision

Reduce site water usage

Between 2016 and 2025:
Reduce Chemical Oxygen Demand level targets by 17%

Reduce suspended solid target by 30%

Reduce seperable oil and grease levels by 40%

Maintain neutral PH for all United Utilities testing

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, water is vital. Due to continued growth in production, 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.

Future Plans

Introduce a staff awareness programme

We will work with companies specialising in water reduction, to carry out audits and gain advice from experts on our next actions to reduce our overall water consumption.

Delivery Goals

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

Carbon and emissions

Business Principle

We aim to reduce our operational emissions in line with the 2020 Climate Change Levy targets. 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 business performance and monitor the most efficient use. With this approach, we minimise our carbon emissions, whilst continuing to be competitive in the market.

2025 Vision

Increase direct deliveries by 50%
How? By agreeing improved supply chain procedures with our customers.

A reduction in deliveries to customer (equivalent volume) by 5%
How? By encouraging customers to order by pallet layer or pallet quantity

Reduce CO2 emissions from the manual handling equipment fleet power by 21%
How? Manual handling equipment to be Lithium-Ion powered

Third party logistics to reduce CO2 emissions by 10%
How? By customers reducing their use of diesel powered Light Goods Vehicles by 10% overall

Mitigate our CO2 production through tree planting schemes

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. 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 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.

By increasing the height of the products on pallets, we are maximising the weight per pallet shipped and have so far saved the transport of 1788 pallets per year, equating to 34795 miles or 58 tonnes of CO2 .

Future Plans

In accordance with EU regulations, the use of certain refrigerants will be outlawed by 2030. At Stateside Foods, we are acting well in advance of these regulations. In 2020 we plan to eliminate entirely the use of such refrigerants from one of our manufacturing facilities. Our other factory will be free of the offending refrigerant within 3 years.

Tree planting scemes.

To work with our hauliers to improve the efficiency of our logistics process and reduce our carbon footprint.

Supply Chain

Business Principle

We aim to reduce our negative environmental impacts, not only of our own operations but of our whole supply chain, working together with our partners.

2025 Vision

Reduce plastic intake by 20% and cardboard intake by 40%

Suppliers and hauliers to have ISO50001 accreditation

Introduce innovative delivery solutions for our raw materials and packaging

Progress to Date

Use of Microlise, a system designed to positively influence the efficiency of fuel utilisation by limiting harsh braking, harsh accelerator usage and excessive idling.

445 vehicles used by our hauliers with Euro-6 Step-C engines that are demonstrating exceptional emisson reductions.

Increased the length of 111 trailers increasing the capacity of each trailer.

103 trailers now have lifting rear axels, reducing rolling resistance, resulting in lower fuel usage.

Working in accordance with ISO14001 or ISO50001.

Our hauliers are members of the Freight Trade Association Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme.

Reducing empty mileage running through cross-network planning and synergies.

Use of aerodynamic and double deck trailers to reduce fuel consumption and food miles.

Latest specifications for chill chambers incorporating ‘intelligent’ refrigerator plant and lighting.