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28 May 2013 | Andrew Allen
Compass Group’s strategy to reduce its carbon emissions in Ireland by 1,700 tonnes through consolidated route planning has won it the ‘Environmentally Friendly Logistics’ category in this year’s Footprint Awards.
As part of its ‘Green and Simple’ strategy, the food services group reviewed key supply routes to improve efficiency. By identifying and consolidating some of its core suppliers and allocating a single distribution path, the company was able to enhance the efficiency of its supply routes and reduce carbon emissions across Ireland.
The Footprint Awards aim to encourage sustainability and responsible business throughout the food service supply chain.
This year’s Sustainable Sourcing award went to Nestlé Professional UK & Ireland for its ‘enabling coffee farmers’ plan, which aims to provide training and 220 million disease-resistant plantlets to farmers by 2020 to increase productivity and quality.
A £13 million, 200,000 square foot low environmental-impact depot in Reading built by grocery and fresh food suppliers Brakes to reduce CO2 emissions by 25 per cent by the end of the year won the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources Award.
Meanwhile, a reusable, recyclable, plastic-free sealable container suitable for use in freezers and microwaves won the Innovations in Packaging Award. Vegware’s Gourmet Hot Box is made from entirely compostable, natural materials. The company’s plastic-free, low-carbon packaging also won it the Sustainable Supplier prize.
Foodservice wholesaler 3663 triumphed in the ‘Integrating Sustainability for Economic Gain’ category for investment in technology to improve environmental performance, which has saved almost £20 million and reduced more than 58,500 tonnes in CO2 emissions. The company also clinched an award for stakeholder engagement.
Other awards went to Sodexo, Pret a Manger, Johnson’s Stalbridge Linen Services and Foster Refrigeration.