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carbon footprint

The notion of Carbon Footprint has been present in our lives for many years now.
We have all been made aware of its effect on our planet and the importance of curbing it in order to provide a better future for those who come after we are gone. However, before we can focus on prevention, we need to first understand the problem.

What is carbon footprint?

A carbon footprint is "the total set of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by an organization, event, product or person". Every time we burn fossil fuels such as gas, coal or oil, carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere. In a natural carbon cycle, carbon dioxide is re-absorbed by plants and trees. However, we are burning fuels where the carbon dioxide has been trapped under the earth's surface for millions of years, and we're doing it so quickly that plants and trees that are alive now have no chance of soaking it up (and it doesn't help that we're cutting down rainforests as well).

How it can be reduced?

The key is energy efficiency and the reduction of emissions. Organizations will have to devise a carbon abatement strategy, consider energy efficient measures, monitor, assess, and manage their carbon emissions. Once the size of a carbon footprint is known, a strategy can be devised to reduce it, e.g. by technological developments, better process and product management, carbon capture, consumption strategies, and others.

How do Metroplan products apply?

At Metroplan we do care for the condition of the planet our children will live on and we are devoted to reducing the carbon footprint in any way we can. We have assessed our carbon emissions and taken all the necessary steps in order to improve our performance. We are:

  • Only using the modern equipment when making our products. Only the latest, energy efficient units guarantee no energy wastes and also better performance each time, which means less faults and less materials used
  • Full van deliveries only, together with efficient route planning mean less fuel consumption and less emissions
  • We are recycling and reducing our packaging, which while still protecting product from damage, is thinner and lighter which reduces the carbon footprint – studies show that 15% reduction in board weight equates to a proportional 18% reduction in carbon footprint.
  • We are making most of our products on the premises, which cuts out CO2 emissions resulting from shipping from distant factories, which many of UK suppliers still have not embraced valuing profit over the future.
  • We use recycled, recyclable and sustainable sources materials when making our products.

What else do we do?

At Metroplan we feel that everybody has a role to play as far as our planet is concerned. Therefore, as a team we put special emphasis on recycling our office waste-papers, plastics, and with so many ladies in the office-lots of chocolate wrappers, and make sure that is dealt with efficiently.··We employ locally too, which means less commuting and those who need to come from further away try to car share whenever possible.

We are advocating our vendors and business partners to become eco-aware as well, knowing that eliminating greenhouse-gas emissions involves everyone’s participation.

Why should everyone contribute?

It is important for everyone to see the benefits in reducing the carbon footprint. It saves energy, so it saves money and enables cutting edge prices, it helps us to develop our markets by improving our competitiveness, it means we are meeting our legal requirements and mostly, it enhances our morale. We feel we are doing something for a better future, which attracts and retains employees and investors.

Calculate your own carbon footprint:http://footprint.wwf.org.uk/