UK businesses could reduce carbon emissions associated with the delivery of office products by more than half if they worked with suppliers to consolidate multiple, smaller orders, claims global office supplies company Lyreco. Its analysis of 15,000 deliveries to some of its biggest clients shows that consolidation of orders of £100 or less could save 58% of the carbon in transport deliveries. Georgina Weston, strategic account manager at Lyreco, said: “Increasingly, companies are looking for long-term strategies to decrease their carbon footprint and increase their green credentials. Just as important is taking action now with simple, clever changes that make a big difference, such as planning ahead to consolidate deliveries to sites. As 90% of the carbon footprint of a company is held in its supply chain, even what is seemingly a small change can make a big difference.”
To further reduce the environmental impact of deliveries, Lyreco is trialling hydrogen and carbon alternative transport.