Wine importer and wholesaler Hatch Mansfield has become carbon neutral for emissions calculated in the year 2019
The merchant set the target over eight years ago, and achieved its goal by ‘creating a culture of awareness within the company to mitigate the carbon footprint wherever possible’.
To reduce the company’s overall CO2 output, Hatch Mansfield has been tracking its office and business mileage carbon emissions: All UK deliveries have been measured since 2014, while all inbound international deliveries since 2018.
‘We all know we should care for the environment and at Hatch Mansfield we have been striving to put sustainability into action,’ commented Hatch Mansfield insights and trade marketing manager Neil Simmons. ‘The wines that we import are transported across the globe and around the UK and our team generate CO2 through their day to day work. We took an active decision to measure this and offset these emissions.
‘Carbon offsetting gives us a chance to help fund projects that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Without the extra financial support from people or organisations offsetting their emissions, these projects would not happen. Each year we invite our team to vote for their favoured Carbon Offset Project – for 2019, the winning project was the VCS accredited Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve Project in Indonesian Borneo.’
Further measures aimed at limiting the ecological impact included minimising bin bag usage and moving to compostable coffee capsules, and a project to explore single use plastic is in the pipeline.
‘We are making amendments to working practices and infrastructure to minimise our carbon footprint and our effect on the wider environment,’ said Simmons. ‘Efforts have been rewarded and it is a real positive to have reduced our carbon footprint to become carbon neutral in 2020.’