Carpet and Flooring, a distributor of innovative flooring products designed specifically for the healthcare, commercial, education and residential sectors, has made a commitment to reduce carbon use within the industry by rerouting the delivery journeys its fleet of HGVs takes each day.
Used for thousands of deliveries per week, by rerouting journeys taken each day, Carpet and Flooring will be able to reduce miles travelled by 200,000 per year, resulting in an estimated reduction of 216 tonnes of CO2 annually. The rerouting of its deliveries will mean Carpet and Flooring can take three vehicles off the road and also reduce general stem mileage, whilst having no impact on deliveries to customers.
Carpet and Flooring is also working on developing its routing and scheduling system, which will further reduce stem mileage of each vehicle, consequently upgrading its fleet to new and more efficient Euro 6 engine vehicles creating further carbon savings.
The changes have been made as part of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), an energy assessment scheme for organisations in the UK. Carpet and Flooring has also been working to ISO 14001, the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system.
Lisa Tomlin, CEO of Carpet and Flooring, said: “When we looked at how much carbon we were using on deliveries, we knew something had to change. Simply by rerouting our journeys, we have been able to reduce our mileage significantly, creating huge carbon savings.
“At Carpet and Flooring, we pride ourselves on putting the customer first; these delivery changes will not impact our customers in any way as they can still expect next day delivery, however we do encourage our customers to be mindful when making small orders. Forward planning where possible and ordering materials in bulk, means we can make less trips and further decrease our carbon footprint. We will be looking at ways we can invest these savings back into the industry, allowing us to provide real life benefits to our customers, and play our part in reducing the construction industry’s unnecessary energy usage.
“Moreover, we want to know what outcomes, other than helping the planet, flooring contractors want to see from these changes. As a sector, right across the supply chain we must become more sustainable and start to play a wider role in the way we deliver products to market. From examining the manufacturing process, to the logistics of distributing Carpet and Flooring to site – and recycling the waste – we all have a role to play. We’ll be looking closely at the measures we can take to become a greener, more environmentally responsible company, and we’re encouraging our suppliers and customers to do the same.”