Cycling through fine countryside is a pleasure worth conserving for future generations. Sound environmental policy will help with this and Dynamic Dox recognise the responsibility they hold to play a part.
There are legal, or regulatory requirements and a rational approach can be good for business but above all, we need to sustain our planet.
Dynamic Dox’s staff are committed to reducing our environmental impact and improving environmental performance, through strategy and operating methods. We will encourage customers, suppliers and other stakeholders to do the same.
Our premises reflect this, with new double glazing and low energy, LED lighting. Electric vehicles are being rolled out across our fleet, favouring green solutions over low cost and helping our customers minimise their carbon emissions.
The GCL Connection
In 2021, Dynamic Dox joined forces with Global Critical Logistics (GCL), an industry leader in bringing us a more sustainable future.
We work with them through a group wide, green committee. This identifies key opportunities to take action on climate change, recognising that everyone in business needs to bring better stewardship of Earth’s resources.
Policies go beyond technical aspects, to improve employee engagement and knowledge of environmental outcomes, to work with suppliers who share our values. Download GCL’s environmental, social and governance report, to see how actions can bring change.
An International Need
10% of Europe’s GDP is generated by logistics and other transport activities. 13.1% of global greenhouse gasses are caused by the transport sector, with 60% of those emissions road freight generated.
Within the transport chain, there are two types of emissions:
- Direct — Activities by the freight forwarder within their capacity to manage.
- Indirect — Emissions generated by other parties in the wider supply chain.
Managing the use of these, to bring down the cost of green logistics, is financially and socially responsible. BIFA (British International Freight Association) chose a simple yet practical definition of sustainable logistics:
“A planned and systematic approach to reduce the environmental impact of a company’s activities. By improving the efficiency of processes, reducing the use of energy, water and fossil fuel, when providing transport, or logistic services.”
Having an individual dedicated to overseeing environmental compliance is important. Gavin Scoular, our Finance Director, is responsible for ensuring environmental policy is implemented.
The reality remains that all staff have a duty in their areas, to ensure that core aims and objectives of the policy given below are met:
- Comply with, or exceed, all relevant regulatory requirements.
- Continually monitor and improve our environmental stewardship.
- Reduce environmental impact and assist suppliers to do the same.
- Consider environmental impact when making commercial decisions.
- Increase employee awareness, training and belief in the approach.
This can partly be achieved by applying good environmental thinking across a range of everyday activities:
Paper Consumption – Minimise the use of paper, seek to buy recycled and recyclable products, reuse and recycle paper where possible. Alongside other benefits, this has a notable impact on water use.
Energy Expenditure – Reduce energy use where possible, switch off lights and electrical equipment when not required, adjust heating. When purchasing new products, take energy consumption and efficiency into account.
Ordering Supplies – Consider the impact of new supplies and equipment. Evaluate if a need can be met in another way, such as renting or sharing, rather than purchasing. Reuse and recycle, favour environmentally friendly products when purchase is required.
Staff Transportation – Reduce the need to travel and promote alternatives, such as email, or video/phone conferencing. Make additional effort to support use of public transport, or bicycles, favour green vehicles whenever possible and maintain them to ensure efficiency.
Maintenance & Cleaning – Use cleaning and office refurbishment materials which are environmentally friendly. Only use licensed, appropriate organisations to dispose of waste.
Monitoring & Improvement – Comply with regulatory requirements, improve and monitor environmental performance to continually reduce environmental impact. Always keep staff informed and provide ongoing training.
Operational Culture – Review environmental policy at management meetings. Update policy regularly and annually, in consultation with staff, or stakeholders. Provide ongoing staff training and work with suppliers, or contractors, to improve their environmental performance.
Improving performance is about decisions which consider the environment along with business, such as using local labour, or materials to reduce CO2 and help our community. Part of taking responsibility as corporate citizens.