Office Depot UKIE recognised for reducing our carbon footprint

July 9, 2020

Our operations in the UK & Ireland have been recognised for the ninth consecutive year for reducing our impact on the environment.

We have achieved ISO14064, an international standard which recognises businesses who accurately and transparently measure, monitor and report on greenhouse gas emissions.

It comes just weeks after we also achieved carbon-neutrality in the DACH region of our business for the sixth consecutive year.

Reducing our emissions and improving the impact we have on the environment is an important part of our CSR strategy and a key pillar of our business strategy.

Supporting our customers to be green

Because of our high standard of data, we were able to demonstrate to an independent assessor that Office Depot reduced its carbon emissions by 2,387 tonnes between 2018 and 2019.

Measuring carbon emissions in this way means we can support customers to reduce their own environmental impact through consolidated orders and increased average order values which reduce the number of deliveries required.

Jackie Buckwell, Corporate Compliance Manager for UK & Ireland, said: “The ISO 14064 certification gives Office Depot and our customers confidence in our greenhouse gas / carbon footprint calculation and allows us to be transparent.

“It also allows us to see the causes of our largest volume of emissions and target initiatives effectively. Knowing the amount of carbon associated with deliveries has allowed us to purchase offsets and offer customers carbon neutral delivery.”

Offsetting carbon and supporting others

The certification, first achieved in 2011, was awarded following an independent analysis of our work to reduce our environmental impact by SGS, a world-leading verification and certification company.

The calculations also mean we can accurately purchase carbon offsets for our delivery emissions and are therefore able to offer carbon-neutral delivery through ClimatePartner.

Our carbon offsetting projects in 2020 include a wind energy project in Tamil Nadu, India; forest protection with sustainable Brazil nut cultivation in the Amazon and cook stoves providing families in Eastern Zambia access to efficient cooking methods.