Peel back the famous orange skin of express parcel service TNT and you will find, at its core, a vivid and vibrant green.
Hot on the heels of being named the greenest on the planet in its industry by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2010, the leading business-to-business express delivery company has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard - a glowing endorsement of its efforts in reducing carbon emissions across its operations in the UK and Ireland.
The Carbon Trust Standard recognises organisations for real carbon reduction. Based on a rigorous, independent assessment, it certifies that organisations have measured, managed and reduced their carbon emissions across their own operations, and are committed to reducing them year on year.
TNT UK and Ireland reduced its carbon emissions by three per cent between January 2007 and December last year.
Harry Morrison, General Manager of the Carbon Trust Standard Company, said: "We congratulate TNT in the UK and Ireland on their achievement of the Carbon Trust Standard. Today, being a good carbon citizen isn't just about looking good on paper.
"Achieving the Carbon Trust Standard allows TNT to talk with integrity about the serious and credible steps it has taken to reduce its carbon emissions. It also provides the company with audited emissions data they need to build the appropriate carbon reduction strategies and deliver on their ongoing carbon commitment."
TNT UK and Ireland plays a crucial role in the company's global carbon reduction programme 'Planet me', which was launched in August 2007 and encourages employees and suppliers to reduce their energy usage wherever possible, both in the working environment and at home. The 'Planet me' programme has made carbon reduction an intrinsic part of the company's business strategy with key focus on efficiency improvements and innovation projects targeting TNT's aircraft, fleet of vehicles and the buildings. As part of the programme, the company has made a commitment to improve CO² efficiency by 45% by 2020 across its global operations.
Additionally, the company became the first in its sector to introduce a 51-strong fleet of zero-emission delivery trucks, which operate across depots throughout the UK. The 7.5-tonne Smith Electric Newton lorries are the largest all-electric trucks of their kind and cost just 7p per mile in electricity to run. The vehicles, which have a 70-mile radius on one full charge, are topped up overnight at TNT depots.
Neil Griffiths, Director of Health Safety and Environmental for TNT Express Services UK and Ireland, said: "We are delighted to receive certification with the Carbon Trust Standard, which further confirms our green credentials.
"The Carbon Trust Standard validates and recognises our work to reduce TNT's environmental impact, and the financial and carbon savings made by operations in the UK and Ireland. It also proves to our stakeholders that we have a long-term commitment to continue to cut our carbon footprint."
In building a holistic approach to minimise its impact on the environment, TNT UK and Ireland also engaged with the Carbon Trust, an independent body which specialises in advising organisations on how to save energy through embracing low carbon technologies. The Carbon Trust examined and made recommendations on a number of areas of the TNT businesses, including its low-carbon and energy policy, fuel consumption, driver training and awareness initiatives. It also worked with TNT to reduce energy consumption in the company's buildings across the UK and Ireland - an initiative, which identified 36 improvements, nine of which could be implemented at no cost.
TNT's commitment to minimise its impact on the environment was recently recognised by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2010 - where the company was named the greenest in the 'Industrial Goods and Services' sector for a fourth consecutive year. The DJSI tracks the global performance of 1,300 listed companies who take an ethical, caring and responsible approach to their business, including economic, environmental and social criteria.