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They’re green to the core

Norwich-based Archant has reinforced its green credentials after winning a gold Green Apple Award for its sustainability strategy

ARCHANT'S group head of procurement and sustainability Greg Parton and sustainability correspondent Tara Greaves collected the award at a prestigious carbon neutral ceremony at the House of Commons.

Ms Greaves is Archant’s sustainability correspondent – a role created by chief executive Adrian Jeakings last year as part of its strategy to boost communication of sustainability issues both internally and externally.

Archant, which featured in PJ’s Green Challenge columns in March, was the only gold winner in the print and publishing category for environmental best practice. The group’s green strategy includes encouraging fleet drivers to use greener vehicles with a financial incentive, installing wind powered air conditioning as a pilot scheme at the main Prospect House office in Norwich and cutting energy usage at the Print Centre at Thorpe near Norwich, together with initiatives to boost recycling.

Mr Parton said: “We are delighted that Archant’s efforts to become more sustainable have been recognised in this way. We are working hard to make improvements in every area of the business but we couldn’t do it without the support of staff so this award is testament to their efforts.\"

Another innovative initiative which impressed the judges was a staff-made short animation to encourage greater recycling, called ‘Cup Man’.

Ms Greaves said: “Cup Man was a project by Karon Watts, who was a sustainability champion for our facilities company Covion, ArchantNorfolk photographer Nick Butcher and myself.“He is a man made out of cups which can be recycled. It was a fun way to get people to think more about what they throw away. We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from staff and he now features on our recycling posters.”

The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and recognise environmental endeavour.

Organised by The Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-activist, non- profit environmental group, the awards are judged by members of the Environment Agency and other bodies.Archant also received news recently of its placement in a league table for the government’s controversial CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, which is a mandatory carbon trading scheme for all organisations that meet certain requirements. The table, published by the Environment Agency, shows Archant is in the top third of all the participants.

Mr Parton added: “I’m pleased to see that Archant has a reasonably high placing in the league table; it shows we are better than most but that there is also still room for improvement.”

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