Severnprint Ltd, the leading UK environmental printer, is a runner-up in this year’s London Mayor’s Green Procurement “Extra Mile” Award
On 30th October at a ceremony in The Underglobe at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre in London, Severnprint Ltd found out that they were a runner-up in the Mayor of London’s Green Procurement “Extra Mile” Award – an award that celebrates companies or organisations who have ‘gone the extra mile’ for environmental innovation.
Severnprint was on a shortlist of three: the others were the London Fire Brigade and the James McNaughton Group, specialist paper suppliers who are also one of Severnprint’s suppliers. In the end, it was the James McNaughton Group which was the eventual winner.
The awards were judged by an expert environmental panel that included Donnachadh McCarthy, author, eco-builder and columnist in The Independent newspaper, Nicole Fletcher, Sustainable Procurement Manager, London Borough of Camden, and Matthew James, Sustainability & Research Manager at the Workspace Group, one of the leading commercial property let companies in London. The Extra Mile Award recognises outstanding achievement in creating a sustainable workplace.
David Pealing, Sales Director of Severnprint, says: “It has been such an honour to be shortlisted for one of the Mayor’s Green Procurement Code Awards and especially for the ‘Extra Mile’ award. Over the last year, we have implemented more environmental initiatives because we always want to be a step ahead of the technology and we highlighted this in our entry. It is fantastic that we have been recognised for this along with two other such high performers.”
Five Mayor’s Green Procurement Code Awards were presented by Deputy Mayor of London, Nicky Gavron, in the categories of best performing public sector, best private sector, best small and medium enterprise, best newcomer, and the Extra Mile for environmental innovation.
The winner of Best Performing Public Sector organisation was Hackney Council, the winner of Best Private Sector company was Workspace Group (for the second year), winner of Best Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) was Bywaters Ltd, and the Best Newcomer award went to Paper Round.
Figures that Severnprint submitted to the Mayor’s Green Procurement Awards are that, in the last year, 80 per cent of all paper purchases by the company is recycled, there has been a reduction in water use of 150,000 litres (representing 14% reduction), the average litre usage of water per employee per work day is 39.85 litres, down from 48.44 litres, there has been a gas reduction of 22 per cent (CO2 emissions reduced by 6,560kg), there has been a heating oil reduction of 9,485 litres (a saving of 35 per cent and Co2 emissions in oil heating have been reduced by 25,420kg, electricity usage has been reduced by 6.8 per cent (reduction of 37,115kWh usage), waste ink tins sent for recycling has been reduced by 25 per cent, VOC emissions (Volatile Organic Compounds) have been reduced 44 per cent from 8.6 tonnes to 4.8 tonnes, and overall road vehicle C02 emissions have reduced by 257kg.
The London Mayor’s Green Procurement Awards celebrate the buying initiatives of companies over to environmental and recycled content products and the ‘Extra Mile’ Award is to highlight companies or organisations that have delivered over and above buying of recycled products. Severnprint Ltd is especially pleased to have been included in the shortlist for this award this year.