Even one small office can emit three to five tonnes of carbon dioxide a year!

Starting this year we have:

  • Managing idle capacities (Space consolidation, lights out, operating equipment utilisation)
  • Reduced fleet size of operating equipment (less charging / propane usage)
  • Introducing motion activated lighting to 23% of the space monitored within 2009
  • Moving facilities to new Master Distribution Centres (MDC) has brought environmental improvements and reduction in consumption of electricity
  • Implementing new policies on usage of electronic devices, such as reducing daily usage of lighting in less-occupied warehouse and office areas, turning off unused computer monitors and office equipment at night and weekends
  • Installation of motion-sensing lighting in common areas, restrooms. 
  • Replacing of spent light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs
  • Installation of timers on forklift battery chargers and set to re-charge during “off-peak hours” to reduce energy consumption
  • Changing of electricity providers which resulted in better rates and cost savings
  • Adjustment of thermostat settings downward in cold months and upward in summer months. 11 branches kept their same thermostats, but added locking covers to minimize adjustments throughout the day
  • Installation of programmable thermostats then set the device to efficient settings during business hours, off-hours and weekends
  • Setting a schedule with HVAC vendor to replace system filters regularly to keep the system operating efficiently
  • Environmental awareness briefing for all staff, accompanied by a poster and sticker campaign
  • Education programme in Ireland leading to a 7% reduction in energy consumption and a 15 point increase in recycling
  • MHE ‘Olympics’ to encourage better fork-lift truck driving techniques
  • 28 days were dedicated to training the 94 UK Environment Champions in 2009
  • Stop computer and heating at night. Verification that all lights are off
  • Auto-control of temperature with placement of thermometer in desk-side
  • Intervention in case of problem of insulation in depots
  • Corrective and preventive maintenance of the equipments