Branston has just been awarded the Carbon Trust Waste Standard. This makes them the first company in the food and agriculture sector to have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard in all three areas: carbon, water and waste.
As a company that relies on nature for its product, Branston takes the management of its environmental impacts very seriously. They have a comprehensive environmental management system (EMS) at all sites, and rather than relying solely on internal measures they’ve differentiated themselves from many of their competitors by actively seeking external assessment and verification of their progress.
The Carbon Trust is an independent company with a mission to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy. They provide guidance and advice as well as measuring and certifying a company’s environmental footprint. They began with carbon footprinting, and back in 2008 Branston became the first company in the food and agriculture sector to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard. They’ve subsequently been reaccredited: reaffirming their commitment to focus on long-term sustainability and continuous improvement.
Alongside this, in 2013 Branston took part in the pilot of the Carbon Trust Water Standard and was one of the first four companies to be awarded the new standard for their water recycling facilities at their Lincoln and South West sites enabling them to recycle over 60% of the water they use, as well as reducing the quantity and improving the quality of the effluent leaving the sites.
Waste management is the latest accreditation from the Carbon Trust, and Branston is the first company in the food and agriculture sector to receive it. Eliminating waste is a major part of Branston’s EMS. Alongside larger headline initiatives staff take part in waste reduction programmes and are educated to segregate waste to facilitate recycling minimising their environmental impact every day.