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SBS is going green

Smith Brothers Stores (SBS) has developed more green initiatives to help reduce wastage and greenhouse gases within the company, including the purchase of hybrid cars and new packaging tape which can reduce plastic by up to 30 percent.

The SBS fleet is continually focused on reducing its CO2 emissions.

Since the passing of the zero carbon emissions by 2050 law, set by the Prime Minister, the company thought it was more important than ever to start putting schemes in place across the 15-depot network to help reach this goal.

Throughout the company SBS has actioned schemes, like the use of hybrid cars. Hybrid cars produce significantly lower average emissions from the traditional petrol and diesel cars, so SBS has started to invest in hybrid vehicles. The chief executive of the business led the way by driving hybrids, setting the standards from the top.

Smith Brothers' most recent relocated branch has built six EV charging points at the branch. This happened to be the biggest single installation within the area (to date) and will help to service the fleet of hybrids.

SBS is always looking at ways to reduce waste and the new tape helps reduce plastic and CO2 emissions while still giving optimal performance. Similarly, where possible SBS will reduce waste by offering paperless (electronic) deliveries. Smith Brothers has also introduced a cycle scheme which allows staff to purchase bikes and encourages them to pursue healthier lifestyles while reducing carbon emissions.

At present just 43 percent of the 13bn plastic bottles sold each year in the UK are recycled, and 700,000 become litter each day. The company now has SBS water bottles available at its London branches to assist in preventing that number from growing further.

With its fleet of vehicles SBS is continually focused on reducing its CO2 emissions, making sure vehicles conform to the ‘low emission zones’ which started operation in 2008, administered by the Transport for London. Using the latest guidelines it ensures its fleet meet Euro 6 standards, providing SBS with a Silver FORS accreditation.

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