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The vast majority of businesses say that sustainability is vital to their future prosperity, but almost half say that margins are currently lower on sustainable products and services, according to an international survey of 250 senior executives by Accenture.

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Sustainable Times Issue 9

  1. 1. SUMMER 2012 ECOSYS Still unique after 20 years Why Kyocera Document Solutions’ flagship printing technology is more relevant today than ever Plus: How to grow your own Kyocera Green Curtain (see page 8) INSIDE... The Green Deal What you need to know Closed Loop Recycling Are you ready for CRC Phase II? Mars Drinks’ path to sustainability
  2. 2. www.stabilo.co.uk STABILO® GREEN FOR EVERYONE WHO CARES ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT. STABILO® GREEN A PROMISING TREND • More and more people are living in an FOR EVERYONE WHO CARES ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT. environmentally-friendly STABILO® payway. for quality and GREEN • They are prepared to extra STABILO BOSS goes GREEN “DO YOUR BIT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT” FOR EVERYONE WHO CARES ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT. responsibly manufactured products. A PROMISING TREND • Whether it‘s plastic or wood – the sourcing and • More and more people are living in an manufacture of raw materials are important factors environmentally-friendly way. when making a purchase. A PROMISING TREND • • Office managers to pay extra for quality and for They are prepared are also • More and more people areincreasingly opting living in an responsibly and suppliers with responsibility credentials. products manufactured products. environmentally-friendly way. • Whether it‘s plastic or wood – the sourcing and • They are prepared to pay extra for quality and manufacture of raw materials are important factors responsibly manufactured products. A SPECIAL RANGE when making a purchase. • Whether it‘s plastic or wood – the sourcing and • • Manufactured fromalso increasingly -certified wood Office managers are only 100% FSC® opting for manufacture of raw materials are important factors R or recycled suppliers products and plastic. with responsibility credentials. when makingOpurchase. Fa • FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) represents strictly • Office managers are also increasingly opting for controlled, ecologically sound and responsible forestry. A • products and suppliers with responsibility -certified SPECIAL RANGEfirst manufacturer of FSC® credentials. STABILO is the • Manufactured from only 100% FSC®-certified wood writing instruments, and an industry pioneer. or recycled plastic. • STABILO has always A SPECIAL RANGE used natural resources like • •FSC® (Forest wood responsibly, saved®energy and water and Stewardship 100% FSC -certified wood Manufactured from only Council) represents strictly controlled, ecologically their recycling rate. The forestry. constantly plastic. or recycled increased sound and responsible most • •STABILO istechnologies minimise environmental impact. modern the first manufacturer of FSC®-certified FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) represents strictly writing instruments, and an industryself-contained • controlled, ecologically sound and responsible forestry. Additional turnover potential with pioneer. product is always manufacturer of FSC • •STABILO has theat PoS to support sales. ®-certified STABILO story first used natural resources like water and wood responsibly, industry pioneer. writing instruments, and an saved energy and •constantly has always® recyclingresources like STABILO increased their natural rate. The most used AN OUTSTANDING IDEA modern and wood responsibly, saved energy and water technologies minimise environmental impact. Focus GREEN Silver their recycling • •FOR EVERYONE WHO self-contained Additional turnover potential2008 CARESmost constantly increased Award with rate. The ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT. • modern technologies minimise sales. iF communication to support environmental impact. product story at PoSdesign award 2009 • MATERIALICA CO2 potential Award 2010, iF material • Additional turnover Efficiency with self-contained recycled award story at PoS to product2011, universal design award 2011, universal plastics A PROMISING TREND support sales. design consumer favorite AN OUTSTANDING IDEA 2011 and cradle to cradle • certificationmore people are living in an More and 2011 for STABILO GREENpoint • Focus GREEN Silver Award 2008 environmentally-friendly way. • ANcommunication design award 2009 iF OUTSTANDING IDEA • They are prepared to pay extra for quality and •MATERIALICA CO Efficiency Award 2010, iF material Focus GREEN Silver Award 2008 • 2 ® responsibly manufactured products. recycled •award 2011, universal design award 2011, universal iF communication design award 2009 • Whether it‘s plastic or wood –made of FSC wood the sourcing and GREENpoint - Fibre plastics •designGREENgraph -and cradle to cradle MATERIALICA CO2 Efficiency Award 2010, iF consumerof raw 2011 favorite 44FOR EVERYONE WHO importantmaterial STABILO GREEN materials are CARESfactors manufacture ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT. recycled 98% recycled plastics award 2011, universal design award 2011, certification 2011afor STABILO GREENpoint universal plastics when making purchase. design consumer favorite 2011 and cradle to cradle • Office managers are also increasingly opting for certification 2011 for STABILO GREENpoint EW 013 N Y2 AR U JAN STABILO GREEN BOSS highlighter STABILO • STABILO Quality • STABILO BOSS Design GREEN • STABILO BOSS Ink • NOW made from 83% recycled plastics 98% STABILO GREENrange keeps growing... STABILO GREEN 98% 98% tip sign pen made from
  3. 3. SUMMER 2012 Comment Not many Government initiatives win broad support from business, especially not those that impose extra red tape. Even so we shouldn’t be surprised by the positive reaction to proposed mandatory carbon reporting for companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. Many large businesses already calculate carbon emissions and even those that don’t must surely recognise the value in measuring, monitoring and controlling emissions. In addition to the financial advantages of doing so, there is growing recognition that sustainability has clear commercial benefits (see story to right). James Goulding, Editor CONTENTS 03 Green Agenda 12 Cover Story Kyocera celebrates the 20th anniversary of ECOSYS technology 20 Green Products ur O selection of new products and services 22 Electric cars Demand remains low, but shortcomings are being addressed 24 Catering Vending Mars Drinks’ path to sustainability 15 Energy management How Capgemini is monitoring energy use to reduce its carbon footprint. 16 Recycling Banner Business Supplies wins a National Recycling Award for its Closed Loop paper recycling system 18 Managed Print Services How Defra and Logica have slashed carbon emissions from their printer fleets greenAgenda Sustainability vital for future growth say three out of four businesses The vast majority of businesses say that sustainability is vital to their future prosperity, but almost half say that margins are currently lower on sustainable products and services, according to an international survey of 250 senior executives by Accenture. Four out of 10 respondents (44%) believe that sustainability is critical to their business, with 78% considering it vital for their future growth. Commercial considerations are the main motivation for investing in sustainability: 62% say their sustainable investments are driven by customer expectations for sustainable products and services and 60% by the opportunity to drive growth. Only 41% of those surveyed are motivated by regulatory compliance and just 29% by the need to reduce energy and material costs. When asked if their sustainable investments were to aid growth or improve efficiency and cut costs, almost twice as many pointed to growth over efficiencies (41% to 22%). Although the vast majority (83%) of respondents see spending on sustainability as an investment rather than a cost, 56% believe it is more expensive to be a sustainable business and 49% say margins are lower on sustainable products and services. This could be because almost half the respondents (47%) think consumers are reluctant to pay more for sustainable products and services, compared to 25% who believe they are willing to pay a premium. Even so, 60% admit to charging premiums. Two thirds of those that do claim they can charge 5-20% extra and 17% impose premiums of 20-50%. Despite charging higher prices, over one third (37%) of businesses surveyed say they cannot keep up with customer demand for sustainable products and services. When asked what actions they have taken to respond to rising demand, 44% claimed to have promoted existing sustainability credentials; 43% have launched new products and services; and 41% have checked their supply chain credentials. www.accenture.com 26 The Green Deal What you need to know about The Green Deal 28 CRC Are you ready for Phase 2 of the Carbon Reduction Commitment? 29 Green Marketing What’s wrong with making a profit?, asks Steve Hewson Editor: James Goulding 07803 087228 jamesg@binfo.co.uk Advertising Director: Ethan White 01732 759725 ethan@binfo.co.uk Publishing Director: Neil Trim 01732 759725 neil@binfo.co.uk Group Sales Manager: Martin Jenner-Hall 07824 552116 martin@binfo.co.uk Advertising Executive: Brett Blake-Morris 01732 759725 brett@binfo.co.uk Sustainable Times is, published by Kingswood Media Ltd., Amhurst House, 22 London Road, Sevenoaks TN13 2BT Tel: 01732 759725. Email: info@binfo.co.uk No part of Sustainable Times can be reproduced without prior written permission of the publisher. © 2012 Kingswood Media Ltd. Design: Sandtiger Media www.sandtiger.co.uk The paper used in this magazine is obtained from manufacturers who operate within internationally recognized standards. The paper is made from Elementary Chlorine Free (ECF) pulp, which is sourced from sustainable, properly managed forestation. Trend Controls, the UK market leader in Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS), is making energy management simpler and more accessible with the launch of new touch-screen displays that give building occupants instant access to live information on energy use. Trend Controls claims that 50% or more of the energy consumed within a building is directly influenced by occupants and that by clearly showing the effect of actions, such as opening windows, adjusting thermostats or turning on the heating, publicly located IQView8 displays can reinforce energy-efficient behaviour. www.trendcontrols.com Erratum: Our feature on Purple Gossip in the last issue of Sustainable Times (Spring 2012, page 18) incorrectly stated that the company collects used mobile phones in exchange for cash or a charitable donation. In fact, this is the role of its sister company The Recycling Factory. Purple Gossip only refurbishes and sells used phones. Many apologies for any confusion or inconvenience that this might have caused. sustainabletimes 03
  4. 4. greenAgenda Five minute mobile call same as boiling one cup of water Mobile operators make progress towards 2020 energy efficiency targets The mobile communications industry is making strong progress towards its goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per connection by 40% by 2020, the GSMA claims in a new study. An update to 2009’s Mobile’s Green Manifesto report shows that although total network energy consumption went up slightly between 2009 and 2010, energy consumed per unit of traffic fell by 20%, with energy per connection down by 5%. Gabriel Solomon, GSMA’s Head of Regulatory Policy, said: “This is the first ever detailed global estimate of mobile network energy consumption and carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions and it shows that the mobile industry is making progress in reducing its own emissions and energy costs, as well as those in other industry sectors.” He added that through machine-to-machine (M2M) connections, mobile communications can contribute to a reduction of total emissions that is at least four to five times greater than its own carbon footprint. Mobile M2M connections in smart grids, smart meters and fleet management are forecast to grow by 30-40% annually, reaching approximately 100 million connections worldwide by 2015, resulting in possible GHG savings of 18 Mt CO2e, the equivalent of taking 4 million cars off the road. The report uses data and analysis from the GSMA’s Mobile Energy Efficiency Benchmarking (MEE) service to calculate energy costs and CO2e emissions resulting from electricity and diesel consumed by mobile networks globally. The GSMA states that if all networks with above average energy consumption achieve the industry average, mobile operators can look forward to energy cost savings of $1 billion per annum at 2010 prices; matching the efficiency of the top 25% could save over $2 billion annually. www.gsma.com/publicpolicy/mobiles-green-manifesto Enclosing base stations and antennae in a sleek construction, Ericsson’s Tower Tube combines an attractive design with improved energy efficiency and reduced operator costs Making a 5 minute mobile phone call is the carbon-equivalent of boiling enough water to make one cup of tea (250ml), according to analysis by O2. In an industry first, the mobile network operator used Footprint Expert to calculate the greenhouse gas emissions embedded in the lifecycle of its voice and data services and had the results independently verified by the Carbon Trust. O2’s research shows that making a one minute voice call on the O2 network has a carbon footprint of 3.6g CO2e, while transferring one megabyte of data generates 11g CO2e. O2’s initiative supports its three-year sustainability plan, Think Big Blueprint, which by 2015 aims to deliver carbon benefits to customers that are ten times greater than the carbon footprint of its network. www.02.com What a waste Computers, TVs and other electrical products plugged in but not in use or left on standby cost the UK up to £1.3 billion in electricity bills every year, equivalent to £85 per household, according to a new study by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), and the Energy Saving Trust. The report, Powering the nation – household electricity-using habits, found that UK households are consuming more electricity and watching 10 billion hours more TV than previously thought. Smartphones a challenge to green credentials The growing popularity of smartphones poses a real challenge to vendors’ green credentials, Juniper Research warns in a new study. The Green Handset Tablet report estimates that supply chain activities associated with smartphones – raw material extraction, component manufacturing, device assembly and transportation – result in twice as many GHG emissions as other types of handset. This matters because the number of smartphones shipped per annum is set to nearly double over the next five years. On a positive note, the report points out that by targeting the largest sources within the supply chain, notably component manufacturing, the smartphone industry could save 30 million tonnes in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions over the next five years. Hot and cold TelecityGroup, Europe’s leading provider of premium carrier-neutral datacentres, is using naturally stored groundwater to help cool its facility in Amsterdam. Exploiting the city’s natural geography, the Southeast AMS 5 datacentre uses Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage (ATES) technology to improve the efficiency of its cooling capabilities. Water stored in underground wells is warmed by waste heat from the data centre in the summer and cooled by lower external temperatures in the winter. Alexandra Schless, managing director of TelecityGroup Netherlands, said: “While ATES systems are used widely across the Netherlands, the technology has never been rolled out before on such a large data centre project.” Challenging: the Nokia 900 smartphone 04 sustainabletimes 01732 759725
  5. 5. Charity calls for old and unwanted PCs Computer Aid International is calling on UK schools, colleges and universities to donate used computer equipment for re-use in schools across Africa and Latin America when they upgrade their systems over the summer holidays. The UK-registered charity is the largest not-for-profit provider of computers to the developing world. Since 1998, it has provided more than 200,000 computers and laptops for use in education, agriculture and health in over 100 countries. Anja ffrench, Computer Aid director of communications, said: “The cycle of poverty and disadvantage cannot be broken unless poor countries have the technology and skills-base to develop their economies. By donating computers and monitors to Computer Aid, organisations can make a significant contribution to poverty reduction by helping children in developing countries learn valuable IT skills which are essential to their country’s development.” Computer Aid provides a full and secure decommissioning service, so donors can be confident that their equipment is securely data wiped and compliant with WEEE legislation. Each PC, monitor and laptop donated to Computer Aid is asset tracked enabling businesses to see exactly which school, university or project is benefiting from their unwanted PCs. Each PC refurbished by Computer Aid will last for a minimum of 3 years and provide up to 6,000 hours of ICT access. This will give up to 60 students the opportunity to achieve a vocational level of IT literacy. www.computeraid.org Editor’s Choice Award Sustainable Interface Interface to convert discarded fishing nets into carpet tiles Carpet tile manufacturer Interface and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) have formed a partnership to tackle the problem of discarded fishing nets in some of the world’s poorest coastal communities. The Net-Works partnership, which launches with a six-month pilot on Danajon Bank in the Philippines, aims to establish a community-based supply chain for discarded nets that will improve the livelihood of local fishermen and provide Interface with a new source of recycled material for its carpet tiles. Fishing nets made from different types of nylon – often the same nylon used to make carpet yarn – are frequently discarded on beaches or in the sea where they can last for centuries, continuing to catch or injure marine life and pollute beaches. In Danajon Bank, it is estimated that the nets discarded in a year could cover the length of the Bank 400 times over. Explaining Interface’s involvement in the project, chief innovation officer Nigel Stansfield said: “Our Mission Zero goal is to eliminate our negative impact on the Earth by 2020, and phasing out our reliance on virgin raw materials is a big part of this. Partnering with ZSL and other experts, our objective is to convert ‘waste’ from the environment – in this case, discarded fishing nets – into raw materials for our own manufacturing.” He added: “What’s really special is that at the same time we are aiming to create livelihood opportunities for some of the world’s poorest, coastal communities.” Recycling investment pays off for Totalpost Equipment being sorted for despatch to Chile HP opens Scottish recycling and renewal centre HP has opened a vendor-neutral technology recycling and refurbishment centre in Erskine, Scotland. Owned and operated by IT leasing subsidiary HP Financial Services, the new centre will enable HP’s commercial customers to recycle old equipment at the end of a lease period or during an upgrade refresh cycle and, where appropriate, acquire second-hand HP products. The 8,400 square metre facility significantly expands HP’s global asset management and recycling capability, which includes reconditioning, testing and certifying assets back to original manufacturing standards before resale. www.hp.com/hpfinancialservices www.binfo.co.uk Totalpost is enjoying the fruits of a £100,000 investment in its franking cartridge refilling business with a big increase in the number of cartridges recycled at its factory in Alston, Cumbria. According to compliance manager Bruce Lenton, Totalpost has already remanufactured more than 25,000 franker ink cartridges this year. “This is likely to be a record year for the number of cartridges that we recycle which is great news for Totalpost, for the environment and for our value-focused customers,” he said. “Over the years we have saved hundreds of thousands of used cartridges from UK landfill sites, acquiring them from other providers and through the returns policy we operate on all of the cartridges that we distribute. Cartridges pose a real problem on landfill sites because they are made up of so many different elements, including plastic, hard plastic pcb circuit boards and copper within the print heads.” More than 95% of the cartridges recovered by Totalpost are recycled. Used cartridges go through a cleaning and testing process to ensure they are fit for re-use and are then filled with new ink and sold for less than a new cartridge. www.totalpost.com greenAgenda… sustainabletimes 05
  6. 6. greenAgenda Now is the time for LED street lighting White LED street lighting is good for public safety and good for public finances, according to the results of an independent trial in 12 of the world’s largest cities. The two and a half year LightSavers trial found that LED lighting produced energy savings of up to 85%, whilst improving visibility and making residents feel safer. The Climate Group report, Lighting the Clean Revolution: The Rise of LED Street Lighting and What it Means for Cities, also found that LED lighting was more durable, with a failure rate of 1% over 6,000 hours, compared to around 10% for conventional lighting. The Climate Group is now calling on Governments to make a rapid transition to low carbon lighting. Lighting is responsible for 19% of global electricity use and 6% of global greenhouse gas São Sebastião Cathedral in Rio de Janeiro illuminated by Philips LED lighting emissions (source: Light’s Labour’s Lost (2006), OECD/IEA). www.TheCleanRevolution.org/ lighting-the-clean-revolution Light bulb moment Panasonic is racking up design awards for its retro-look LED light bulbs. Following Golds in the 2011 Good Design Award in Japan and the 2012 iF Product Design Award in Germany, it has now won a Gold Award in the Industrial Designers Society of America-sponsored International Design Excellence Awards 2012. Panasonic claims that its 20W and 40W equivalent LED bulbs provide virtually the same light colour, brightness and light distribution as conventional Editor’s Choice Award clear incandescent light bulbs, while consuming up to 84% less energy and lasting as much Panasonic as 40 times longer. Sustainable Route optimiser software saves time and money Hampshire Tile Warehouse has cut its fuel bills by 10% and saved an hour a day by adopting Postcode Anywhere’s route-optimisation technology. Route Optimiser is a web-based service for commercial vehicles that uses route planning algorithms to calculate shorter, more efficient routes for travelling salespeople, couriers and delivery vehicles. No downloads are required and the service works on a pay-as-you-go basis, with no contracts or hidden fees. Simon Bond, IT Manager at Hampshire Tile Warehouse trialled the system on just one delivery vehicle and was impressed by its affordability, ease of use and effectiveness. He said: “Postcode Anywhere’s Route Optimiser services seemed a fraction of the price of other route optimiser software. Looking at the various competitor products on the market we would have certainly incurred other set-up costs when integrating them into our legacy system that could have been quite substantial.” He added: “Route Optimiser is a perfect fit for our future strategic plans. It didn’t involve major, expensive deployment. It simply integrated into our legacy system, at the touch of a button. All provided templates have been really easy to use and so compatible with our infrastructure. In fact it seems to intuitively mirror our own system, which is great.” Bond now plans to roll the technology out to the entire fleet, eliminating the need to plot delivery routes manually. “The drivers trialling it have been really impressed as we simply hand them a daily optimised route delivery schedule and away they go. The service is completely user-friendly, which means that no one has to adapt to any major changes when the service is rolled out fleet-wide,” he said. “The benefits of using the service during the trial period have already been significant in saving fuel and time. We’ve saved an hour per day and cut diesel consumption by over 10% when trialling it with one vehicle. Just imagine how much we will save when we adopt it fleet-wide!” www.routeoptimiser.com Ikea to fund tree planting Ikea is extending its three-year relationship with the Woodland Trust for a further two years, during which time it hopes to raise an additional £1 million for the charity’s ‘Trees for the Community’ scheme, which aims to plant 1 million trees by the end of 2013. Half the money will come from customers who will be invited to donate the value of a tree (£1) at store checkouts and half from Ikea’s ‘Foot of Forest in your local community’ campaign. Under the scheme, Ikea family members can activate a contribution from IKEA with every swipe of their membership card. IKEA has donated £1.3 million pounds to the Woodland Trust since 2008. 06 sustainabletimes Heroes wanted The Energy Saving Trust is calling for entries to its 2012 Fleet Hero Awards. Now in their seventh year, the awards honour public and private organisations in England that are successfully reducing fuel bills and lowering carbon footprints through better transport policies and more efficient use of their fleets, as well as companies that supply money- and fuel-saving products or services. The awards are free to enter: all that’s required is a 250-word entry outlining why your organisation should win. The deadline is August 17, 2012. Find out more at http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/england/Transport/Business/Fleet-Hero-Awards. 01732 759725
  7. 7. advertorial Go green: the evolving world of OKI printing technology Alan McLeish, Senior Product Marketing Manager, OKI discusses the development of its latest printing technology, which is helping SMEs to streamline operation costs and be more responsible for the environment Given the current economic climate SMEs need to be evaluating and streamlining operations wherever possible to ensure a smooth running and efficient business. One of the key aspects of this will inevitably be a tighter focus on cost control, and one of the most effective ways in which small businesses can achieve this is by adopting a smarter approach to business printing – going green. OKI is one such global business-tobusiness brand dedicated to creating cost effective, professional in-house printing solutions, which has recognised the need to ensure printing is as green as possible. OKI has a policy of continuous improvement on green issues – where it is constantly striving to reduce the environmental impact of every OKI product from its manufacture, to its running costs and recycling. Between the year 2000 and the present day, OKI has embarked upon an impressive period of innovation, launching a diverse array of improved products and its latest product range is no exception. Two years ago OKI introduced ‘Deep Sleep’ mode – a setting that “ SMEs are steadily migrating towards greener printing solutions and OKI is perfectly equipped to meet this need www.binfo.co.uk reduces power consumption to the barest minimum (often less than 1 watt) yet the machine is still able to ‘wake up’ quickly when a new job is needed – and today this is standard on all new ranges. In fact, many devices, particularly in a small office, spend long periods of time not being used so it is important to ensure they consume the minimum amount of energy when they are in standby to maximise efficiency. Taking green IT to the next level and getting ahead of all the latest industry regulations, OKI is now building ‘AutoPower Off’ technology into many devices, saving hundreds of watts of power and reducing CO2 emissions to the minimum. The setting automatically powers down the printer after extended periods of nonusage, which can be determined by the user and, this in turn, delivers big savings in power usage over the product’s life. Among OKI’s new range of products, the C800 series includes added green benefits. Not only does it have Deep Sleep and Auto-Power Off settings, but it also features a new engine design with advanced cooling technology and a low operating noise. It can also print its first page out in 9 seconds. With a small footprint, the C800 series is a giant leap forward in business printing – it’s fast, affordable, green and professional. Used correctly, SMEs can also receive further benefits by setting printers up appropriately. Devices can be set to print in mono as standard, allowing SMEs to reduce unnecessary colour printing, while enabling them to use colour when required. In addition, duplex (doublesided) printing capability is increasingly seen as a standard requirement for devices. OKI print devices can also be set up to print double-sided, as a default option, allowing SMEs to make further cost savings while cutting paper wastage by up to 50 per cent. In fact, OKI doesn’t just help reduce the carbon footprint of a business’s printing activities, it also offers managed printing services (MPS) and provides advice, help and training on waste reduction, expert disposal of redundant equipment and a national programme for recycling used consumables. Driven by a combination of industry legislation, a focus on value for money and a desire to improve environmental credentials, SMEs are steadily migrating towards greener printing solutions and OKI is perfectly equipped to meet this need. OKI is a pioneer in this space and its MPS and new product ranges enable smarter, greener printing, simply by reducing power usage and saving on unnecessary printing; all benefits that will ultimately streamline operation costs and help SMEs become more responsible for the environment. www.oki.co.uk sustainabletimes 07
  8. 8. greenAgenda Kyocera plants more green curtains as part of energy conservation plan As Japan imposes regional energy reduction targets of 5-15% following the shutdown of its nuclear reactors after the March 2011 earthquake, Kyocera is installing ‘green curtains’ on 28 of its factories and office buildings, a 30% increase on the year before. Kyocera first introduced ‘green curtains’ in 2007 to shield windows and outer walls from direct sunlight, reducing indoor temperatures and the need for air-conditioning during hot summer months. Typically, they consist of morning glory and edible bitter gourd grown over trellises or netting. Green curtains are just one of the energy conservation measures being employed by Kyocera. As you would expect from a manufacturer of solar panels, the Group also has approximately 2-megawatts of solar power generating systems installed at 18 company facilities in Japan, producing enough energy to power 480 average households. Other recommended practices that can be implemented in any company are to: n et the thermostat to 82 degrees S Fahrenheit during work hours and relax the dress code to allow employees to work in comfort; n se a digital, programmable U thermostat and automate ideal settings for different times of day; n nstall automatic door-closers I throughout the workplace including exterior and interior freight doors as well as walk-in refrigerators and freezers; n Maintain ventilation systems with regular filter replacement and duct cleanings; n Insulate water heaters and supply pipes; n Install blinds and reflective film on windows to decrease solar gain; n urn off all unnecessary lights and T install motion-activated sensors for lighting in stairways, hallways and other places that aren’t in constant use; n Replace old fluorescent lights with new, energy-efficient models; use compact fluorescent instead of incandescent bulbs, as they consume 75% less electricity and will last 10 times as long; and install LED exit signs; n Shorten the interval before employee computer monitors automatically go to sleep or ‘power down’ mode; n Use laptops where possible, as they use up to 90% less energy than a desktop computer; n Shut down and unplug all computers at the end of the work day. Green to the core Sustainability lies at the heart of the new £21 million home of Essex Business School on the University of Essex’s Colchester Campus. Designed by BDP and due to be completed in 2014, the building incorporates a range of sustainable design features including a covered winter garden that will support the three-storey building’s passive ventilation and heating system; a 50kW Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) that will heat offices and at the same time cool server rooms and the main lecture theatre; and photovoltaic panels on the roof that are expected to offset more than 20% of the building’s carbon emissions. Other energy-saving features include the use of natural ventilation wherever possible; maximum use of daylight within buildings; smart meters integrated with the Building Management System (BMS); lighting controls and high efficiency fittings; highefficiency variable speed pumps and ventilation fans; rainwater harvesting; and high levels of insulation to assist heat conservation in the winter and prevent unwanted heat gain in the summer. In addition, the building can accommodate a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system as part of a future strategic energy management plan for the wider University site. www.essex.ac.uk/ebs To find out more about Kyocera’s green curtains, including step-by-step instructions on how to construct and grow your own, visit http://global. kyocera.com/ecology/greencurtains. Lyreco to make UK HQ zero landfill Having already met its target to recycle 90% of all waste generated at its 500-person Telford HQ, office supplies company Lyreco has set a new goal to make the site a zero landfill operation by the end of the year. In order to achieve this, it is partnering with Harper Adams Energy Limited (HAEL) in Newport, Shropshire. Part of Harper Adams University College, HAEL collects food waste from Lyreco’s canteen and feeds it into an Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant that produces energy for the agricultural college and an organic fertiliser for use on its fields. In the first two months of the scheme, Lyreco diverted just under one tonne of food waste from landfill. It is now expanding recycling services to include food waste produced outside the canteen. The Harper Adams AD plant, constructed from a government fund, began generating power in 2011. It is expected to produce carbon equivalent savings of around 12,000 tonnes p.a., 3.4 times more than emissions from campus buildings. 08 sustainabletimes 01732 759725
  9. 9. advertorial Duplo Launch Fastback™ Thermal Binders Duplo International have become the official UK distributor for the Fastback™ range of desktop binding machines. The simple table-top machines bind loose sheets into presentable documents using thermally activated binding strips. The technology is 3.5 times faster than a conventional punch and bind system, documents lay completely flat, are suitable for posting and at the end of their useful life the bound documents are fully recyclable. Duplo will be stocking a comprehensive range of binding strips made of different materials and 16 eyecatching colours. In addition, customers can order strips branded with their own graphics, images and logos to make their documents really stand out. For clients looking to add durability and real prestige to their documents, the Fastback machines can even produce paperback books. With a small further investment it is even possible to create www.binfo.co.uk library-style hardcover books with a unique cover of your own choosing. This is ideal for corporate business proposals or quotations. Angela Osborne, Sales Manager at Duplo added, “The major advantage of this technology is versatility – with a Fastback machine you can produce all your internal and external documents and present them in an appropriate way. People are amazed when they see everything the machine can do and are even more stunned that it takes less than 30 seconds to bind, even with documents running into hundreds of pages.” Duplo will be showing the Fastback range at the Office* Show on 12-13 September at Olympia in London. sustainabletimes 09
  10. 10. greenAgenda New forum to measure carbon Free support helps Zebedee’s slash impact of consumer goods carbon footprint WRAP is bringing together 80 retailers, suppliers, environmental charities, academics and government bodies to work together to reduce the environmental impact of everyday consumer goods, from dairy products and DIY materials to soft drinks and tinned groceries, that collectively are responsible for 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The Product Sustainability Retail focus: Dr Liz Goodwin Forum (PSF) will measure the lifetime impact of products across a range of sustainability targets (e.g. carbon, water, use of raw materials, energy and waste) and identify how to make them more environmentally friendly. According to WRAP, on average for every tonne of products we consume, 10 tonnes of fuel and materials have been used, rising to 100 tonnes if we include water. WRAP chief executive Dr Liz Goodwin, who is chairing the new forum, said: “The scale of the challenge is enormous. For example, the British Retail Consortium estimates that the retail sector alone accounts for around 3.5% of the UK’s carbon emissions, and the retail supply chain for more than 30%.” She added: “Many companies already measure the environmental impact of their products but until now this has always been done in isolation and the methodology and results have not been shared. By working together we have a real opportunity to minimise the effect our activities have on the planet.” The PSF is currently identifying grocery and DIY products that have the most potential for improved environmental performance. The next step will be the publication of a report outlining an action plan. www.wrap.org.uk/psf East Sussex catering company Zebedee’s Lunch Box has made savings worth thousands of pounds by taking advantage of free advice and services provided by Low Carbon Essentials, an EU-funded project designed to help businesses in the South-East reduce waste, cut energy bills and shrink their carbon footprint. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund (until December 2012) and delivered by a consortium of partners in the South East led by business development company BSK-CiC, Low Carbon Essentials is open to businesses based in the South East Euro Region (excluding London) that have fewer than 250 employees and a turnover of less than €50 million. Its range of free services includes advice, networking events, feasibility studies and energy audits. After consulting Low Carbon Essentials, Zebedee’s Lunch Box, which provides a ‘meals on wheels’ service for the childcare and education sectors, implemented a number of green initiatives that have helped it reduce energy consumption and even generate revenue by selling on the 250 kilos of cardboard waste it produces each week. These include a £750 investment on a tin crusher and cardboard baler that had an ROI of six months; an air-water heat pump that heats water by extracting excess heat from the kitchen and then circulates cool air to make the working environment more comfortable (saving more than £5,000 per year); and energy efficient light bulbs and motion sensors in the toilets and stock rooms (saving £1,500 per year). 08457 226655 www.lowcarbonessentials.co.uk Mandatory carbon reporting for UK The UK has become the first country to make it compulsory for companies to include emissions data for their entire organisation in annual reports. Under plans announced by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, all businesses listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange will have to report their greenhouse gas emissions starting next financial year. The new regulations will be introduced from April 2013 and will be reviewed in 2015, before ministers decide whether to extend the approach to all large companies from 2016. Emissions reporting is seen as an important first step for companies in their quest to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Nick Clegg said: “British companies need to reduce their harmful emissions for the benefit of the planet, but many back our plans because being energy efficient makes good business sense too. It saves companies money on energy bills, improves their reputation with customers and helps them manage their long-term costs.” The UK is committed to cutting UK carbon emissions to 50% of 1990 levels by 2025. http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/economy/business-efficiency/reporting/. WRAP loan fund to support new business ideas WRAP has extended the support packages it provides businesses, local authorities and third sector organisations looking to prevent waste or increase re-use and repair capacity across England. One element is the £1.5 million Waste Prevention Loan Fund, which offers loans of between £100,000 and £1 million to businesses wanting to develop new opportunities that prevent waste or use less product to deliver a service. Examples of the sort of initiatives supported include changing from product sales to service delivery (e.g. leasing) or 10 sustainabletimes creating customer incentives to return products for re-manufacture, re-use or recycling. To qualify, solutions to waste issues must be proven but require finance to scale up to a commercial level. WRAP is particularly interested in the re-use and repair of textiles, electrical items and furniture, but will consider plans for any material stream. In addition to loans, WRAP can provide grants for equipment; business development support e.g. marketing and financial planning; and can help identify finance partners that might have a better understanding of new business opportunities than traditional sources of funding. Matthew Broadbent, Head of Financial Mechanisms at WRAP, said: “Finding smart ways to prevent waste arising in the first place and then to re-use or repair what is created makes pure business sense. We know there are lots of creative ideas out there so we’re looking for opportunities to scale these up to really make a bigger difference, driving green growth further and faster.” www.wrap.org.uk/content/wplf 01732 759725
  11. 11. Brownfield sites made for wind Arjowiggins takes out exactly what it puts in As more businesses launch closed loop recycling initiatives, Arjowiggins Graphic has made a commitment to use enough UK waste paper at its Greenfield mill in France to cover the recycled pulp content of UK sales of Cocoon 100%, Cocoon 50%, Maine Gloss Green and Satimat Green. Agnes Roger, president of Arjowiggins Graphic, said: “As 15-25% of the waste paper used in the entire production process at our Greenfield mill is already sourced from the UK, it was a natural step for us to guarantee to our customers that for all the recycled content of our papers sold in the UK we are sourcing its waste paper equivalent volume from the UK.” www.recycled-papers.co.uk Friends of the Earth and green energy company Ecotricity are urging British businesses to build wind turbines on brownfield sites to power their own operations and cut energy costs by more than one third. They claim that supplying wind power directly on-site and bypassing the grid – a concept known as Merchant Wind Power – can drive down electricity costs by up to 35%, ensure long-term security of supply, reduce carbon emissions and make good use of industrialised brownfield land. Citing research from Renewables UK, they point out that while only one in four wind farm proposals on greenfield sites receive planning approval from local authorities, 95% of wind projects on industrial land get approved. Even so, by the end of May, just 41 UK industrial sites either had erected, or had planning permission to erect, wind turbines to power their operations directly. One company that has is Bristol Port, which erected three Ecotricity wind turbines five years ago. Since then, the turbines have produced 72.2 Gwh of electricity (the equivalent of powering 3,661 average homes annually), 55.5 Gwh of which has been used by Bristol Port, with the remainder spilling onto the grid. The initiative has reduced the Port’s energy bill by thousands of pounds and cut its carbon emissions by almost 24,000 tonnes of CO2. Ecotricity founder Dale Vince said: “Ecotricity pioneered Merchant wind-power ten years ago: we take on the cost and the risk of building the wind turbine, while the merchant customer simply provides the land and gets smaller energy bills and a smaller carbon footprint.” How broadband services cut carbon emissions Working for the common good The Forum of Private Business has published its 200th ‘Referendum’ survey on business sustainability to coincide with the launch of Trading for Good, a new initiative that celebrates the good work small businesses do in their communities. Operated by Excell Group, it enables businesses to set up a profile page at www.tradingforgood.co.uk where they can publicise their charity or community work; environmental action; schemes to help young people into work; how they improve supplier relations; and also how they make life better for staff. The FPB’s survey underlines the extent to which the business community already contributes to the ‘big society’, with 52% donating to charities; 46% supporting charitable events; 46% supporting other small, local firms wherever possible; and 40% taking on work experience placements from local schools and colleges. In addition, 40% encourage employees to continue learning and 32% help staff to improve their health and wellbeing. Less popular measures include giving employees time off to support good causes (17%); fulfilling local leadership roles (15%); providing work for unemployed people (14%); and mentoring (12%). Just 3% offer or encourage payroll giving. www.fpb.org www.binfo.co.uk Increased use of simple online activities like teleworking and online shopping can cut carbon emissions by millions of metric tons and deliver significant energy savings, according to a report issued today by the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) with the support of BT, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson and Verizon. Measuring the Energy Reduction Impact of Selected Broadband-Enabled Activities Within Households studied eight household activities that are made possible or enhanced by the use of broadband and found that using the internet instead of conventional methods could achieve net energy savings equivalent to 2% of national energy consumption. The activities analysed were telecommuting; using the Internet as a news source; online banking; e-commerce; downloading and/or streaming music and video; e-education; digital photography; and e-mail. John A. Laitner, director of economic and social analysis for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), said: “The total savings at first might seem small, but that is only because the eight activities we studied are a relatively small part of their respective economies. Even at this scale, these relatively small activities may generate a larger benefit, equal to the total carbon dioxide emissions impact of the ICT industry.” Telecommuting provided the largest energy benefit in the six countries assessed (the US, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K), generating 83-86% of net energy savings. The areas with the least savings were online news and e-education, as consumers are likely to continue old practices, such as reading a newspaper, while adopting new broadband-enabled activities. GeSI’s study of household activities follows its SMART2020 study (2008), which found that large-scale, systems-enabled broadband and information and communication technologies could deliver a 15% reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions. www.gesi.org Online shopping is one of several ways broadbandenabled activities help cut carbon emissions greenAgenda… sustainabletimes 11
  12. 12. cover story ECOSYS – still unique after 20 years This year Kyocera Document Solutions celebrates the 20th anniversary of its ECOSYS sustainable printing technology. Twenty years on, sustainability, green technology and cost control have become business imperatives and ECOSYS is arguably more relevant today than it was in 1992. Graham Cox, sales director of Kyocera Document Solutions UK Limited, believes that in the current climate sustainability and value for money are vital for sustained market impact. “In the past four to five years people have become more interested in total cost of ownership and the environment,” he said. “We have become more discerning of how we spend our money both privately and on a corporate level. Everyone expects value for money and looks at cost holistically now. We are also all more conscious of the effect that technology has on our environment.” Environmental sustainability has ECOSYS stands for Economy, Ecology System 12 sustainabletimes been one of the underlying principles of Kyocera Corporation’s corporate philosophy since its foundation in 1959. The development of sustainable printers satisfies the company’s goal to reduce humanity’s impact on the planet and sits alongside its other environmental achievements such as the production of commercially viable photo-voltaic (PV) cells. In 1986, Kyocera Document Solutions’ parent company Kyocera Corporation stated that ‘The environment will become an important consideration from now on.’ Since then, it has created a range of products with a long lifespan and very low operating costs. In 1992 the Kyoto Protocol was five years away from being agreed and 13 years away from coming into force. Yet Kyocera was already shipping the first ECOSYS sustainable printer, the FS-1500. As the first printer to be designed and manufactured with longlife components, the FS-1500 aimed to reduce the cost and environmental impact of office printing. Long-lasting components Kyocera’s heritage in ceramic technology is fundamental to the low waste design of ECOSYS printers. The long-life components used are many times more durable than traditional alternatives meaning that in most cases Kyocera printers will last longer than competitor models. At the heart of ECOSYS sustainable technology is a hard-wearing amorphous silicon (aSi) drum developed by Kyocera Document Solutions to last for the life of ECONOMY: ECOLOGY: Optimised workflow efficiency Minimised environmental impact Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is the true lifetime cost of a printer as operating expenses can significantly exceed the original purchase price. ECOSYS devices are designed to minimise both direct costs, such as consumables, and indirect costs, such as energy usage and administration, invariably offering the lowest possible TCO. Kyocera’s long-life technology utilises its extensive expertise in ceramics. The durable drum is integral to the printer; the only consumable is the toner cartridge. ECOSYS printers consume fewer materials in manufacture, generate less waste and simplify recycling, so minimising environmental impact. a printer. The combination of amorphous silicon and a positive-charged single layer photoconductor drum (PSLP) has enabled Kyocera Document Solutions to develop drums that last significantly longer than a conventional negativecharged layer OPC drum. The drums in ECOSYS devices are guaranteed to last for two years or 500,000 pages, whichever comes sooner. In a heavy use environment, the imaging system of the printer can be replaced after the warranty has expired by using a maintenance kit. This lets you renew the device without the inconvenience of buying a new printer. Less waste An ECOSYS printer is unique because toner is its only consumable. When the toner runs out, all you need to replace is the actual toner cartridge. The ‘toner’ cartridges that go into nonKyocera printers often contain far more than toner; some have more than 60 separate parts. The low-waste design of ECOSYS printers means that 85% less waste is produced during the life of the printer. Additionally, the simpler, smaller and lighter toner boxes have a lower transport footprint than more complex alternatives. In January 2009, Kyocera Document Solutions enhanced ECOSYS by launching a new toner with uniform and smooth particles that deliver finer definition and higher clarity, reducing toner consumption by 30%. Since then, it has continued to refine its long-life, energy-saving designs, achieving a remarkable reduction in TEC (Typical Energy Consumption) values and CO2 emissions, compared to conventional printers. It has also improved the operating noise of its printers, making them five decibels quieter, and reduced the time it takes the printer to recover from standby and start printing. SYSTEM: Effortless system integration Kyocera’s ECOSYS devices offer a wide range of enhancements designed to maximise document output productivity and Kyocera Document Solutions’ integrated system software ensures long-term and cross-network compatibility. 01732 759725
  13. 13. Working together Low running costs The benefits of ECOSYS go beyond sustainability. Because a Kyocera toner cartridge is simple and economical to produce, users of Kyocera printers have benefited from 20 years of exceptionally low printing costs. Kyocera has consistently emphasised the importance of a printer’s Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), as lifetime toner costs can be many times higher than a printer’s purchase price. Conventional printer cartridges contain around 60 components, compared to five in a Kyocera toner cartridge. Multiply these by the 20 cartridges that a business might get through in a printer’s lifetime and the environmental benefits of ECOSYS become obvious. With just one consumable to replace, ECOSYS printers require very little user intervention, especially in comparison to printers with separate drums, developer units and toner cartridges. As a result, they are extremely robust and reliable and offer organisations of every size across the public, private and third sectors a very impressive and competitive TCO. The unique benefits of the ECOSYS sustainable printing technology enable businesses to reduce the environmental impact of office printing, offer excellent print quality and, most importantly in the current economic climate, save money. For further information visit www.kyoceradocumentsolutions.co.uk “ The low-waste design of ECOSYS printers means that 85% less waste is produced during the life of the printer Kyocera Document Solutions is keen to support its channel partners in their sustainability efforts and in 2011 launched its Green Partner programme. The programme aims to provide customers with assurance that the environmentally responsible ECOSYS printers they specify are also supplied and serviced by a company with strong environmental credentials. Tracey Rawling Church, Director of Brand and Reputation at Kyocera Document Solutions, commented: “Only five Kyocera partners have achieved this demanding accreditation. We were the first vendor to introduce a green partner programme to educate our partners about how to make their business more sustainable and we offer two levels of accreditation, Green Partner and Green Partner Plus. Green Partner Plus rewards those who have invested significantly in greening their business; it’s challenging and to achieve it takes real commitment and dedication in every aspect of sustainability within the business.” The Green Partner Programme is open only to suppliers of Kyocera Document Solutions and includes an audit of 50 elements of sustainable operations. Ten of these are mandatory and of the remaining 40, minimum scores apply for each of the two standards of accreditation. A fast-track element avoids the need for partners that have already achieved recognised national or global sustainability accreditations to undergo a full audit that would only duplicate work already completed. At the other end of the spectrum, a Green Partner Guide provides support and guidance for those who are just beginning to make their business more sustainable. Mark Wilkinson, Operations Director of Kellys, the fifth Kyocera Document Solutions partner to be awarded Green Partner Plus status, said: “We have worked exclusively with Kyocera for thirty years and we put huge value on providing a complete Kyocera solution to our customers. In our experience, Kyocera’s ECOSYS sustainable print technology has been paramount for our customers.” “As a business we are very committed to sustainability and we felt that this was an important and valuable accreditation to achieve. Green Partner Plus is a key selling point for both our existing clients and prospects. We were ahead of the curve with managed print solutions, which we’ve been offering for over 10 years now, and we believe that sustainability and the savings it delivers will be a real driving force for businesses over the next decade. We look forward to growing our business in conjunction with Kyocera Document Solutions and will continue to deliver the first class customer service we’re known for.” Kyocera Document Solutions is supported by a unique corporate philosophy incorporating a commitment to excellence, the environment and individual fulfilment. The synergy between a highly trained and motivated workforce, the company’s philosophical heritage and unique technology continues to deliver tangible benefits to customers around the world. ECOSYS toner cassettes have just five components compared to more than 60 in some other printer cartridges. www.binfo.co.uk sustainabletimes 13
  14. 14. advertorial Hungry for an Education Toshiba TEC joins forces with customers to build new cookhouses in African schools For more information call us on 01932 580135 or visit: www.toshibatec.co.uk Follow us @ToshibaTEC_UK 14 sustainabletimes Toshiba TEC UK Imaging Systems has further demonstrated its commitment to environmental responsibility by helping its clients contribute to schemes that will provide much needed food preparation facilities for two schools in Kenya. Some of Toshiba TEC’s managed services customers are already able to lower their carbon footprints by using multifunction products (MFPs) that form part of Toshiba TEC’s pioneering Carbon Zero scheme. This industry leading initiative ensures that any CO2 produced during the manufacture and supply of its MFPs is entirely offset through a range of initiatives coordinated by co2balance, the leading global carbon management company. ‘As well as taking our own corporate social responsibilities (CSR) seriously we do all we can to help our partners and customers fulfil their objectives in this area,’ stated Jeremy Spencer, Toshiba TEC’s marketing director. ‘In order to extend our environmental leadership and complement Carbon Zero, we were able to provide our customers with CSR based opportunities that will improve the lives of those in some of the world’s poorest regions.’ Toshiba has chosen to support an initiative that builds food preparation and cooking facilities in Kenyan schools, the first two being Buguta Primary School in Taita-Taveta District, north of Mombasa, and Muhaka Secondary School in Msambweni District of the Coast Province. Buguta Primary School has around 1,000 pupils and despite its high head count the overall academic performance of its students is very impressive. Most of the pupils come from surrounding villages, often up to 10km away, and having to walk to and from school every weekday is a significant challenge. The previous food preparation facilities on site were extremely basic and some pupils went home for lunch and did not return. Teaching staff also discovered that some of the pupils even went without food once at home. To positively address this issue parents, together with the Buguta Primary School committee, came up with the idea of a feeding programme, which necessitated the building of a new school cookhouse. Work is now underway and when it is fully operational it will help keep pupils in school during lunchtime, thereby ensuring that they get the best education possible. The facilities will also be environmentally friendly as they will reduce the amount of firewood used for cooking, with the additional benefits of lowering the time spent collecting fuel and saving trees. Furthermore, it will reduce the overall cost of the feeding programme, which will have a positive impact on the number of children that can be taught. Faced with similar problems, Muhaka Secondary School is also set to benefit from new cooking facilities. As a relatively new facility it is the only secondary school within a 5km radius and has a population of 35 students – a figure that is likely to triple in the next academic year. Therefore, ensuring its pupils are able to receive adequate sustenance during the school day is of paramount importance both in terms of keeping them on the premises and providing a decent standard of nutrition. Although the cost of food is incorporated into the students’ fee structure, funds were not available to support the construction of a muchneeded cookhouse and stoves. However, thanks to the Toshiba project a new food preparation facility is being constructed that will ensure that the feeding programme is a success, and it will also have the potential to serve the local primary school. In addition, the school has initiated a home growing food scheme that will allow it to become completely self-sufficient in the provision of basic foodstuffs such as maize and beans. Toshiba TEC’s Jeremy Spencer, concluded, ‘The benefits that Buguta Primary School and Muhaka Secondary School will experience from the scheme cannot be overstated, and we are proud to have played a part in making it happen. Environmental initiatives and CSR programmes continue to be of significant interest to all businesses and we look forward to helping our other clients achieve similar objectives.’ 01732 759725
  15. 15. Building Management Systems Monitor and control How a building management system from Trend Controls is helping Capgemini meet energy reduction targets. Headquartered in Paris and with operations in 40 countries and 115,000 staff, Capgemini is one of the world’s largest management consulting, outsourcing, technology and professional services companies. It has an enviable track record in creating and delivering business and technology solutions for blue chip organisations and in 2010 achieved revenues of €8.7bn. Capgemini takes its environmental and corporate social responsibilities seriously and has implemented a range of measures to minimise its carbon footprint. As well as being certified to EMAS and ISO 14001, it has set a target of achieving a 20% energy reduction from 2008 levels by 2014. In January 2011, as part of this programme, the company appointed Craig Hall as its UK energy efficiency manager. Hall said: “Capgemini Group spends in the region of €40m a year on utilities and 70% of our electricity usage is linked to our data centres, in which we host our clients’ IT equipment. One of my first tasks when joining the company was to devise a strategy that would reduce the amount of energy consumed within the 14 Capgemini locations in the UK.” Although the company already had a building management system (BMS) in place, it relied heavily on human interaction to ensure that energy use was being correctly controlled. Also, with no monitoring facility available, it was very difficult to see exactly how much energy was being used. www.binfo.co.uk Hall quickly realised he needed a tool that could monitor and diagnose energy usage patterns and called in Trend Controls to discuss how it could help achieve these objectives. “I’ve worked with Trend in the past,” he explained, “and consider them to be the market leader in building energy management systems (BEMS). After our initial meeting, it was clear that Trend Energy Manager would help facilitate enhanced interaction and achieve better results.” Monitoring energy use Trend Energy Manager is a softwarebased system that can be used to monitor energy use within a building. Energy and facilities managers (FMs) can use it to keep a close eye on the gas and electricity consumed by their building services and the effect that has on their carbon footprint. It captures data from meter readings and other Trend BEMS variables that are logged and automatically uploaded, enabling it to provide rapid reporting of incidences of energy overuse or issues with plant monitored by Trend. It can even be configured to suggest probable causes that FMs can then act upon. It is a highly flexible solution that can be scaled to suit a range of applications, from relatively small single buildings to large campuses and dispersed estates. As a web-based package, it can be accessed by authorised users from virtually any location, via the Internet or an organisation’s Intranet. To better understand how energy is being used in Capgemini’s UK buildings, Craig Hall, Capgemini (left), Derek Brooks, Trend Controls (right) “ It is a highly flexible solution that can be scaled to suit a range of applications... Hall and his team input a variety of information, such as utility tariffs, CO2 factor and cost and consumption targets, into their Trend Energy Manager. Normalisation criteria are also specified to allow comparisons between different areas within a building or different buildings, or to benchmark consumption against specific targets. Degree day data is also called up and entered to compensate for differences in weather conditions when comparing current energy consumption with that of a previous year. Capgemini’s team of internal FMs now use the data supplied by Trend Energy Manager to understand and react to the real-time energy profile of their buildings. This data can be manipulated and combined in a variety of ways and is presented in easy-to-understand graphical and tabular formats. Hall says he is particularly impressed by the system’s ease of use: “In order to fully engage our FMs with what we are trying to do, the system needs to be accessible and easy to understand. Trend Energy Manager achieves this and navigation between screen pages is very straightforward, as is drilling down into the detail or displaying an overall view. For example, we can look at a graph of minimum, average and maximum electricity usage in a particular area over a given period, or view a report showing the total energy consumption, cost and CO2 emissions for every building on the estate,” he said. Capgemini’s UK energy reduction strategy is already seeing success, with an impressive year-on-year energy reduction of 16.7% – equating to £250,000 in savings. Summing up, Hall said: “I’m delighted with what we have achieved so far and we will strive to better this during 2012. The Trend Energy Manager plays a key role in our efforts to reduce energy consumption and brings our entire energy reduction agenda to life.” 01403 211888 marketing@trendcontrols.com sustainabletimes 15
  16. 16. Closed Loop Recycling Keeping up with HMRC in the recycled paper loop Fresh from his success at the National Recycling Awards 2012, where Banner Business Services was named Recycling and Waste Management Business of the Year, MD Richard Costin explains why closed loop recycling makes sense for private as well as public sector organisations. It may surprise you to learn that Central Government consumes enough office paper to fill around forty 40-tonne trucks every week. That’s some 73,000 tonnes each year. You may also be surprised to hear that HMRC, which is responsible for one tenth of this huge paper mountain, is involved in a ground breaking initiative that achieves several important goals. The scheme, driven by the parallel needs for (a) confidential data destruction, (b) environmental responsibility and (c) operational efficiency, is known as The Closed Loop Recycling Initiative. It involves the collection of all HMRC’s departmental waste paper, in itself no small logistical task. HMRC employs 68,000 people in 400 locations around the country. There are already strict rules in place regarding confidential data so ‘reaching’ so many people isn’t quite as daunting as it sounds. Once collected, the confidential waste is shredded and turned back into office paper. What’s so unusual about that?, I hear you ask. Well, the whole process is audited from beginning to end and that means that the original waste paper is returned as ‘new’ to its original ‘owner’. It is a perfect recycling loop. This Closed Loop process ensures data protection for taxpayers’ confidential information; meets numerous sustainability goals; and even puts money back into the state coffers. Brighter Unlike the rest of the Western world, we’re fussy about our paper in Britain. Research shows we like the paper that crosses our desks to be bright white which is unfortunate for the environment as it involves lots of bleaching chemicals. In fact, every single sheet of desk-top paper used in the UK is imported – another fragment of British industry to go overseas. ‘Closed Loop’ paper is marginally less bright than the Whitehall workforce has become accustomed to but is just as 16 sustainabletimes Closed Loop Recycling in Numbers n ver 20,000 tonnes of waste paper collected, shredded O and recycled. n Over 1 billion sheets of 100% recycled Closed Loop paper has been produced. n Production of Closed Loop paper more than doubled to over 2 million reams in 2011. n or every tonne of Closed Loop paper purchased, F 1.5 tonnes of waste paper is captured. serviceable and our civil servants have embraced it with admirable relish. To develop the complete Closed Loop solution, HMRC collaborated with us from the top down. The service was only formally launched in April 2010 and we were awarded the Central Government contract four months later. A measure of the progress we have made is that since then over a billion sheets of Closed Loop paper have been produced with total sales exceeding £3 million. In that time, virtually all of HMRC’s copier paper has been recycled to produce 2 million reams of ‘new’ paper. Compared to the production and manufacture of virgin bright white copier paper, this equates to: n CO2 emissions reduced by 3,373 tonnes (70%); n Energy consumption savings of 40.6 million kilowatts (60%); n ater consumption savings of 226 W million litres (50%); and n 68,000 trees saved. Richard Costin, MD, Banner Business Services The scheme has been so successful that the Government’s Procurement Review Board plans to roll it out to the entire Central Government administration. It is expected that this will generate sufficient volume to merit the private sector construction of a recycling mill here in the UK in the near future. It will be the first of its kind and the first new copier paper mill to be created for generations, with the usual beneficial implications for employment and environmental efficiency. Paymaster General, Cabinet Minister Francis Maude, said: “Closed Loop will deliver significant savings along with environmental benefits too by ensuring Government Departments move to using recycled paper.” The adoption of the Closed Loop scheme by Central Government will mean scores of other departments, not just HMRC, will be recycling paper in this unique way – 73,000 tonnes in total. In the heady climate of this initial success and with encouragement from the Government, we are already extending the Closed Loop scheme into the private sector. Private Sector Initiative Banner already works with Virgin Media and McDonalds and is confident of gaining new private sector customers who are keen to reduce costs and improve their sustainability and environmental credentials. McDonalds has used Closed Loop paper in its 1,200 stores and seven offices nationwide and achieved savings of £25,000 per annum, finding that the recycled paper is not subject to the same price volatility as virgin paper. Virgin Media were keen to improve their environmental credentials and also joined Closed Loop last year. Katie Chapman, Acting Head of Sustainability at Virgin Media, said: “Banner approached us with a completely new way of doing things. We’re always looking to improve the environmental credentials of the paper we use and we felt that such an innovative solution was a good fit with our brand.” In my view, organisations like banks, insurers, credit card companies and retail multiples that use large volumes of datasensitive paper should consider taking part in this initiative. With new, highly punitive, moreor-less ubiquitous EU data protection legislation coming into force in 2013, now would be a very good time for management of any organisation with more than 250 employees to think about keeping in The Loop. www.bannerclosedloop.co.uk 01732 759725
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  18. 18. Managed Print Services Up and away Removing large numbers of printers from your business won’t only save money; it will also help cut carbon emissions, as new MPS implementations for Defra and Logica demonstrate. As the Government department responsible for the environment, Defra (The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs) has an interest in reducing the environmental impact of its operations and finding ways to save money. On the advice of IBM, its IT managed services provider, Defra recently replaced the ad hoc procurement of printers and consumables with a managed print service (MPS) delivered by Oki. In doing so, it has cut costs and reduced CO2 emissions from office printing by 47%. Covering 120 of more than 170 Defra sites across the UK, the solution devised by Oki is a classic MPS implementation featuring printer rationalisation; automatic just-in-time consumables delivery; remote monitoring; agreed service level agreements (SLAs); telephone and engineer support; and an all-inclusive fixed cost per page. “ Oki suggested a reduction in the number of print devices from 1,384 to 548... Site visits Before devising a solution, Oki analysed printer deployments and business processes at Defra sites throughout the UK, from large central London offices to small remote buildings in the Shetlands and Orkneys. “We audited 170 sites nationwide, noting the devices and site requirements,” explained Rob Brown, business manager for Oki Managed Print Services. “Just because an environment has A3 colour MFPs doesn’t mean they use A3 or the advanced features such machines offer: they might just need an A4 mono device.” Based on its observations, Oki suggested a reduction in the number of print devices from 1,384 to 548, standardisation on a balanced selection of Oki models and the introduction of paper-saving measures. “Reducing the fleet on such a scale brings big savings in power consumption, and the machines have deep sleep mode that delivers further cost reductions and CO2 savings, which in total amount to nearly 50%,” Brown said. He added that Oki is also encouraging more responsible and efficient printing practices. “Defra itself had some simple requirements like using default duplex and mono output, but we also integrated secure release functions, which improves document security because a document isn’t released until the user enters a PIN number, and made the move to MFPs and scan-to-email and scan-to-network to improve document processes. In the future, we aim to consolidate and remove fax machines.” As part of its service, Oki provides quarterly reviews and continuous assessments of how processes can be improved, based in part on Oki’s on-going monitoring of print activity. Although Defra sites are far-flung, they are connected to the main central network, which allows data collection agents to monitor printers remotely, check consumables levels and pick up on any problems as they happen or, in some cases, pre-empt them. Data on printer usage also makes it possible for Oki to fine-tune printer deployments in line with changing printing habits. HP and Logica Business and technology services company Logica is another organisation eager to reduce its carbon footprint. 18 sustainabletimes “We first measured our carbon footprint in 2006 and started a universal campaign called Stamp Down our Carbon Footprint,” explained Logica’s UK head of health, safety and environment Arlette Anderson. “Having set a base line, we are now two years into a long-term goal to reduce our carbon emissions by 50% by 2020.” As part of this programme, Logica has enlisted HP to help reduce the environmental impact of printing by almost 6,000 users at 23 UK locations. An independent white paper, Alternative Thinking About Printing, produced jointly by HP and Newfield IT calculated that 5,000 print users generate 560 tonnes of CO2 a year and use over 200 Megawatt-hours of electricity. To reduce power usage, cut costs and streamline its print, Logica signed a Managed Print Services (MPS) contract with HP. As part of the MPS, HP shrank Logica’s printer fleet by replacing many personal printers with MFPs that print, copy, scan and fax. The current landscape includes 83 mono and colour HP MFPs and HP LaserJet printers. Fleet rationalisation combined with the greater overall efficiency of new HP print technology and the use of remote management to set economical ‘sleep’ and ‘wakeup’ times has enabled Logica to achieve a 32% reduction in energy usage for document printing. The main culprit HP and Newfield IT’s White Paper revealed that the electricity needed to power a fleet of printers for 5,000 people accounted for 14.5% of CO2 emissions, with toner and ink usage responsible for 6.5%. By far the biggest source of CO2 emissions was paper. “Our total annual footprint was some 30,000 tonnes of CO2. Paper contributed between 300 and 400 tonnes of that total, or over 1%,” Anderson said. “To reduce paper usage we introduced various print reduction initiatives like poster campaigns, a ‘No Print Day’ and a ‘Think Green – Keep it on the Screen’ initiative for email. We have made duplex printing the default and have implemented a Follow Me solution.” As a result of these measures, Logica has reduced the number of prints output from 16 million in 2006 to 9.7 million in 2011 and cut carbon emissions relating to paper use from 407 tonnes in 2006 to 254 tonnes in 2011. Logica is well on track to achieving its overall target of a 50% emissions reduction by 2020, based on annual reductions of 6%. It achieved the 6% figure in 2009, but increased savings to 10% in 2010 and 23% in 2011. 01732 759725
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  20. 20. what’s new... Concerned: DPD CEO Dwain McDonald Signed, sealed and offset Express parcel carrier DPD is providing carbon neutral shipping at no extra cost to its customers. In line with its Total Zero commitment, DPD parent company GeoPost is making an annual investment of 5 million Euros to offset carbon emissions relating to business operations in its five largest markets. As a result, customers in France, Germany, the UK, Netherlands and BeLux can now send carbon neutral parcels of all weights and sizes to anywhere in the world. As well as offsetting unavoidable carbon emissions by investing in carbon reduction schemes managed by CDC Climat, DPD is taking measures to shrink its own carbon footprint, for example by sending parcels by road rather than air, which produces eight times less CO2; by launching the Predict onehour delivery window, which has increased first-time delivery success rates by 10%; and by using double-deck trailers that can hold three times as much as single-deck vehicles. DPD CEO Dwain McDonald said: “Many of our customers are concerned about the environment and want to reduce their own carbon footprint. Through our Total Zero commitment to carbon neutral shipping, we are helping our customers deliver their own CO2 reduction objectives – at no extra cost to them or their customers.” Get smart with batteries CTEK is advising owners of cars, motorbikes and golf buggies to make use of smart battery chargers to get maximum value from 12V lead acid batteries before they are disposed of for recycling. The producer of smart battery chargers says that too many batteries are thrown away sooner than required and that regular battery charging and maintenance has the potential to double or potentially triple a battery’s service life. Jan-Ulf Soderberg, CTEK head of brand and marketing, said: “Our research has indicated that battery failure is leading to a high number of batteries being thrown away earlier than necessary. Effective chargers help condition a battery to ensure it is in peak condition for as long as possible.” www.ctek.com 20 sustainabletimes Made to measure Accor has developed a tool to measure the carbon footprint of events held in its hotels, including the Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure and ibis brands. Due to be rolled out to all Accor sales teams by the end of the year, Carbon Optimizer factors in a large set of variables including the number of participants, how many nights they plan to stay, how long the seminar will last, the size of meeting rooms, the energy mix in the host country and food services, i.e. the type of food served and whether meals are buffets or sit-down. Accor says the ability to measure indirect emissions associated with organising seminars, such as waste treatment, paper and food, makes its product better than carbon calculators that only measure emissions from production processes and energy consumption. www.accor.com A right cover-up Senical makes sophisticated smart meters, automatic meter reading systems and this, a refreshingly low-tech solution to a problem that the Energy Saving Trust claims costs the average UK household £85 a year. The Ban the Button is nothing more than a cap that covers and disables the standby buttons on remote controls, forcing people to get up and switch off TVs, audio and entertainment systems, games consoles etc. at the plug or on/ off button. It is available on Amazon for £3.99 including postage and packing. www.senical.co.uk Own brand first Image Recycled from Antalis McNaughton has become the first own brand office paper to be included on the WWF Check Your Paper website, which rates papers according to their environmental performance. Launched in December 2011, Image Recycled is 100% recycled and offers a range of qualities, from general office paper to formal company letterhead, in two highwhite shades and two off-white shades. http://checkyourpaper.panda.org/ Accor’s Carbon Optimizer will allow customers to choose menus based on their carbon footprint and adopt more responsible choices. Editor’s Choice Award Sustainable Humanscale A PIR occupancy sensor that automatically turns the light off when you walk away from your desk and back on again when you return is just one of many impressive features of Humanscale’s new Element Disc LED Task Light. Advanced Thin Film LED technology overcomes the weaknesses of conventional LED task lights by offering brilliant 3000K illumination and excellent light distribution in a slender profile. Fingertip adjustability makes it easy to direct light exactly where it is needed, with seven levels of brightness. Element Disc contains 62% recycled and 96% recyclable content; uses only seven watts; is rated for up to 50,000 hours of use, equal to 25 years in most 9-to-5 work environments; and contains no mercury, lead or other hazardous materials. www.humanscale.com In its element 01732 759725
  21. 21. Power pack A clear advantage Clear Notes are sticky notes with a difference. As their name suggests, they are transparent and don’t obscure the text beneath, making them ideal for marking up documents. Another benefit, from a sustainability angle, is that they are re-usable when used with a wipe-clean Clear Notes marker pen, although the same could be said of any sticky note written on with an erasable pen like the Pilot FriXion. A big limitation of the recyclable PET notes is that they must be used with marker pens rather than everyday writing instruments. Light, lighter, lightest Light Tape UK has developed portable battery units to expand the possible applications of its energy-efficient light source for signage and accent lighting. Suitable for use inside or outdoors, Light Tape comprises a metal ribbon coated in Sylvania phosphor and encapsulated in a Honeywell laminate: it has no glass, no gas, no mercury/heavy metals, is just 0.5mm thick and consumes 85%-90% less energy than Neon and Cold Cathode lighting. It is easy to install, requires little or no maintenance, has a long working life and can be mains or battery-powered. To date, take-up of batterypowered options for temporary, free-standing or portable applications, from exhibition stands to safety clothing, has been disappointing due to the need to supply a DC power unit separately to the battery, switch and charger which can make the solution bulky and difficult to conceal. Portable battery packs for Light Tape Glo-Pro Safety Clothing overcome these limitations: the power driver and battery are encased in a single unit about the size of a pack of playing cards; they have vastly extended battery life; and are rechargeable. Three sizes are available for powering up to 36, 60 or 100 square inches of Light Tape. www.lighttape.co.uk www.binfo.co.uk The CrossKase Solar 15 backpack combines a useful back-up power supply for mobile phones and gadgets with a comfortable 25-litre day pack with room for a computer, book, spare clothing and snacks. The solar panel on the outside charges up a portable battery that can be unplugged and used to charge small electronic devices (it comes with nine connectors) but not laptops. Crosskase says the panel does not require direct sunlight and will trickle charge in overcast conditions. However, this takes a very long time and even in optimum conditions (i.e. bright sunlight) it takes about eight hours to charge the battery. Alternatively, the battery, which holds enough power for two or more devices, can be recharged via USB or mains power. The CrossKase Solar 15 costs £139.99. Biomass toner Cloud computing reinvented Pano Logic claims to have reinvented cloud computing for the desktop with a new system that shifts 100% of processing to the cloud and delivers web-based computing using Google’s Chrome browser as the interface. Pano claims that the combination of Pano System for the Cloud and solid state G2M Pano Zero Clients is the most cost-effective computing platform for organisations seeking an alternative to PC-based or thin client models that rely on costly end user software and hardware. All computing activities are centralised in the cloud so there is no need for a local operating system or endpoint processing. The Pano Zero Client, which has no processor, no storage, no memory and no operating system and consumes 90% less power than PCs (6 watts maximum and less than 0.2 watts in sleep mode) connects the user’s keyboard, mouse, display, and audio output to a Google Chrome cloud desktop browser process running on a Pano Controller for Cloud server, through which users access softwareas-a-service (SaaS) solutions or webbased applications. www.Panologic.com/Pano-System/ Cloud Following in the footsteps of Ricoh, Konica Minolta and compatibles manufacturer SymbioPrint, which markets a range of soya-based toner cartridges, Kyocera has unveiled new toner with a carbon neutral, biomass content of 30% and an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions compared to conventional petroleumbased toner. The renewable material included in Kyocera’s BIOMASS toner comes from palm oil certified by RSPO (the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil). The toner is due to be launched in Europe later in the year and will be available for five BIOMASS printers/MFPs based on exisiting FS series models. www.kyoceradocumentsolutions.eu Oil palm fruits contain about 50% oil. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) promotes the use of palm oil produced in a socially and environmentally sustainable way. Photo credit: MPOC Editor’s Choice Award Sustainable Pano Logic sustainabletimes 21
  22. 22. Electric Cars Power networking Electric cars have failed to live up to expectations, but are still seen as an essential weapon in the fight against greenhouse gas emissions. With the continued support of Governments and ongoing improvements in battery technology and recharging networks, could their time be about to come? A new report from GlobalData, Technological Developments Reducing Range Anxiety for Electric Vehicles, points out that in an attempt to reduce the transport industry’s contribution to global CO2 emissions, which currently stands at 23% (source: the International Transport Forum), Governments continue to offer incentives to promote EV adoption. The UK Government, for example, provides grants of up to £5,000 or 25% off the cost of an electric vehicle, as well as exemption from car tax. There are also local initiatives, such as London Congestion Charge discounts and free parking. Even so, Department of Transport figures reveal that in the first 18 months of the Plug-in Car Grant scheme (from Jan 2011 to June 30, 2012), just 1,706 claims were made. The high purchase price of electric cars is one reason for the low take-up, but more fundamental are the limitations of existing battery technology and the absence of a widespread charging infrastructure that together have limited EV use to commuting within city limits. GlobalData’s report identifies some of the ways in which car manufacturers are helping to reduce ‘range anxiety’ – the fear of running out of battery power. These include faster recharging and increased ranges on a single charge (e.g. by switching to petrol power when a battery becomes depleted or using solar panels as an additional power source). It also highlights developments in battery technology, notably the replacement of NiMH batteries used in 97% of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) with advanced Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, which should increase the range of HEVs from 200km to 300-500km per charge. Recharging infrastructure Equally important is the establishment of a network of public charging stations 22 sustainabletimes where drivers can quickly recharge EV batteries. In a survey of more than 1,000 consumers carried out for Chargemaster by Aurora Market Research, 83% of respondents said that the lack of a national charging infrastructure was a concern. Progress is being made in this area, with the establishment of rapid charge Plugged-in Energy Saving Trust is working with 20 organisations across the UK to demonstrate how electric fleets can be the driving force behind powerful savings. Boots UK, London Fire Brigade, Network Rail, Surrey County Council, Southwark Council, Tristar, the University of Cumbria, Wm Morrisons PLC, York City Council and 11 other organisations are taking part in the Energy Saving Trust’s Plugged-in Fleets initiative, run in partnership with EDF Energy. As part of the scheme funded by Transport for London (TfL) and the Department for Transport (DfT), experts from Energy Saving Trust and EDF Energy will analyse each organisation’s fleet to identify where electric vehicles can best be used. Findings and case studies from the initiative will be published in a final report helping fleet managers in other organisations identify how they can make savings by introducing electric vehicles into their fleets. Caroline Watson of the Energy Saving Trust, said: “Our recent Plugged-in Fleets report has shown that organisations can save money now when selectively introducing electric vehicles within their fleets, and our Fleet Advice team can provide practical and impartial recommendations to help companies achieve this.” www.energysavingtrust.org.uk networks that will enable customers to charge a battery in 30 minutes or less compared to 3-4 hours with a standard charger. By the end of this year, Chargemaster Plc, operator of the POLAR national electric vehicle charging point network, hopes to have installed 4,000 standard and quick charge bays in public locations throughout the UK, including railway stations, shopping centres and supermarkets. Meanwhile, Roadchef has started to roll out a network of motorway-based rapid charge points for electric vehicles, with the switching on of its first rapid DC charging system at Clacket Lane services on the M25. Over the next six months, it plans to install pay-as-you-go charge points at other Roadchef Motorway Service Areas across the country. Green energy supplier Ecotricity is involved in a similar scheme at 27 Welcome Break motorway service stations, with the added twist that the charging points are all powered by renewable energy from the company’s wind and solar farms. Another option being pioneered by EV charging infrastructure specialist Better Place is a network of battery switch stations where drivers can swap a depleted EV battery for a fully charged one in the time it takes to fill a car with petrol. This summer, it opened a switch station at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol that will give 10 Renault Fluence Z.E. Electric taxis operated by three Dutch taxi companies virtually unlimited range as they drive to and from Amsterdam. 01732 759725
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