BESTWAY, the wholesale firm behind the Batleys and Bellevue cash and carry brands, has been recognised for cutting its carbon footprint.
The group, which operates 62 depots across the UK, has been recertified by the Carbon Trust Standard after cutting its carbon emissions over the past two years.
The reductions are said to have been made as a result of a range of energy-saving measures, which Bestway said has included a £7 million investment in lighting and refrigeration upgrades and the use of new generation refrigerant and propane to fuel vehicles that’s said to cut CO2 emissions by 40% and improve running costs by 10%. The design of the group’s new Aintree branch also put energy-efficiency to the fore: air source heat pumps have been incorporated to provide renewable heating and gas consumption is nil.
“We are delighted to be recognised for our continued effort to reduce emissions by the Carbon Trust,” said group property and transport controller Zahir Fazaldin.
“We achieved this by engaging all our staff through training and awareness programmes, actively monitoring and managing energy use, and making significant investments in energy efficient designs, plant and equipment.
“These programmes have raised significant interest from our stakeholders who seek to benefit from similar initiatives to achieve energy savings.
“We work with our customers to help them reduce their environmental impact by providing waste cooking oil, cardboard and [a] plastic recycling service.”
Image – The wholesaler has improved lighting and refrigeration efficiency at its depots.