We are on track for our 10% reduction this year, helped by changes in demand and tweaks to our supply chain that complement our need for organic, sustainable and ethical suppliers.
We certainly wouldn't claim to have everything right yet, but we are working hard to bring down our energy usage in all areas.
We have kept our office air conditioning switched off all summer, and ensure that computers are shut down when not in use. We are in the process of replacing all our light bulbs with energy efficient ones, and recycle everything we can as a matter of policy. As for travel, our staff all try to keep car usage to a minimum, using trains where long distances are involved.
A big worry for us is importing our products from abroad. This is something we can’t avoid as our products are manufactured in countries where the ingredients are grown or where they have been traditionally processed.
We have, however, been trying to find suppliers in the UK for some of our new ranges and are committed to using suppliers who manufacture near the growing areas or use low-carbon transport. Planes are definitely out – all products come to us via road, rail or sea.
All this is likely to keep us busy for a while, but next year we hope to tackle another tricky area for any food company – the emissions from our packaging.