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Sustainability

 

Packaging

Business Principle

We will ensure all packaging is fit for purpose, whilst ensuring it has a minimal impact on the environment.

Challenges

To ensure all packaging used is fit for purpose, we will 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 the innovation but we will consider the following criteria, Reduce (is there a need), Reuse (does the package have a future use), Recycle (can the packaging be recycled).

Progress to Date

We are constantly interacting with packaging specialists to keep 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.

We have recently replaced polystyrene pizza base boards with cardboard ones. More boards fit onto a pallet, reducing transportation carbon footprint by 75%. Internally production will call for a pallet of boards every hour rather than every 15 minutes previously, thus reducing labour.

Delivery Goals

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

Carbon

Business Principle

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

Challenges

To reduce our operational carbon emissions we need to understand how and where we use our energy on site. For our suppliers to report their carbon emissions they must have confidence that Stateside Foods are working towards their own carbon reduction and greenhouse gas emission targets and actively engaging in reduction projects. Stateside Foods need to work in collaboration with its suppliers in assisting them in reducing their carbon emissions.

Progress to Date

We are involved with the Climate Change Levy and are committed to reducing carbon emissions. Since 2001 under this we have reduced the amount of carbon per ton of product manufactured on an annual basis.

With the integration of network energy monitoring systems, we have been able to identify anomalies in our energy usage and quickly rectify any issues. This has enabled us to further reduce our carbon footprint in line with 2020 Climate Change Agreement (CCA) targets.

Delivery Goals

Stateside Foods is committed to continually reducing our carbon emissions.

Water and Effluent

Business Principle

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

Challenges

To reduce the water usage of Stateside Foods and monitor the amounts used in our operations. To maintain effluent quality amid ever increasing production levels.

Progress to Date

Investment in technological improvements have reduced the amount of water used for our processes, including hygiene by as much as 40%.

Data loggers and automatic meter readers allow us to monitor usage and target areas for reduction opportunities.

Internal effluent quality monitoring, by sampling and analysis, allows us to observe any changes in effluent and maintain quality standards.

We focussed on staff training to ensure as little as possible food waste was going down the drains, but still had concerns that the condition could be better. A decision was made to treat our effluent before it enters the waste water streams, and we expect to have our own on-site treatment plant installed before the end of 2017.

We focus on reducing water consumption and minimizing effluent at source.

Delivery Goals

New systems and process changes are expected to deliver further savings over the coming year.

To have an on-site effluent treatment plant operational by the end of 2017.

Waste

Business Principle

We put all our waste to good use.

Challenges

In the beginning of 2016 we have overhauled all our waste compactors across our estate.

Progress to Date

We decided we needed good visibility regarding our waste streams. The new compactors are fitted with hi-tec telemetry and monitoring tags so we can really see where the waste is being generated.

A process of waste stream reduction and staff education is in process to increase recycling and reduce waste.

We are proud to say that we have been zero waste to landfill site since 2015.

Delivery Goals

By using the new system we intend to reduce our general waste to the absolute minimum and focus on recycling across our estate.

Energy

Business Principle

Energy reduction is a key consideration in the management of the business.

Challenges

To achieve ISO 50001 energy management certification in 2017 and to work to this standard in the future.

Progress to Date

Throughout 2016 we developed the infrastructure to achieve ISO 50001 standards and achieved this is 2017.

The standard allows us to see clearly energy flows being used across our plant. This allows targeted energy improvement.

Delivery Goals

To work on our reduction targets and continually identify new projects in the business.