Kite delivers on being carbon neutral in 2021
Since our founding in 2001, we have championed ranges of enviro-products to minimise the impact of our packaging on the environment. The very next year, we established our own Compliance Scheme to help companies fund their recycling of packaging waste in the UK.
In 2019, we launched a Plastic Reduction Campaign, working closely with our customers to reduce the weight of plastic packaging they use within their business. This saved 259 tonnes of plastic in the first year alone.
“Love our planet, please use less packaging” is proudly displayed on our vehicles, because we mean it.
Our Packaging Technologists are dedicated to VAVE (Value Added, Value Engineered) projects to strategically reduce packaging costs as well as minimising the amount of packaging being used by our customers.
We want our customers to be successful. By using less packaging, reducing costs and elevating their environmental consciousness, their business will naturally benefit.
What does it mean to be carbon neutral?
In short, to be carbon neutral is to neither raise nor lower the levels of carbon in our atmosphere. This protects our environment for the following reasons:
Being green is ingrained into Kite, as illustrated throughout our branding and day-to-day practices. So, embracing carbon neutrality was the natural next step.
As a largescale logistics operation, we have two main carbon contributors: fuel and energy. We tackled the first by offsetting our truck fuel at source, bringing our carbon footprint in this category going forward to zero.
We approached energy in a different way. As an ISO14001 accredited company, we already deploy a number of initiatives to reduce our consumption, including making a switch to LED lighting in the warehouses instead of metal halide. To achieve carbon neutrality, we had to move across to renewable tariffs, which utilise wind, wave or solar energy.
In 2021, the business partnered with Carbon Neutral Britain (CNB). CNB verified all our calculations across the whole Kite group and neutralised the carbon that was not offset at source using Verified Carbon Credits.
The future is greener still
Kite is building (literally) on this achievement by commissioning a new state-of-the-art building for all our Coventry operations. The site, through solar technology, will be entirely carbon neutral with the potential to be carbon negative.
The fusion of these environmentally friendly feats identifies Kite as the perfect partner for companies who are looking for green supply chains coupled with a strategic approach to reducing their packaging costs and impact on the environment.