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Posted 11 Feb 2022

How TLJ is planning for a sustainable future

Taking steps to reduce the impact our business activities have on the environment now and in the future. 

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 As a company we take our responsibility to minimise our impact on the environment seriously. We are always looking for ways to be more sustainable in our business and manufacturing processes and we actively engage in initiatives to offset our carbon footprint. We know that by making small changes in our everyday business activities we can make a big impact on caring for the environment.  

Practical measures bringing real results

We have made great strides in embedding a sustainability culture within our business, and we share some of our ideas below. We continue to look for ways to improve but some of the everyday, practical measures we have taken so far include:

  • Found other ways of conducting corporate and teambuilding events that don't include travel
  • Reduced our office consumables bill by almost 50% in the last 12 months as we move towards paper free
  • Migrated almost all our physical sales and marketing assets to a digital platform
  • Replaced our non-renewable packaging materials we those that are either recycled or renewable. All our packing supplies are made from waste material recycled on site
  • Invested in new logistics software enabling optimised routes for our field engineers
  • Committed to replacing our entire fleet of company vehicles with PHEV or full EV versions when they become eligible for renewal
  • Sourced courier and delivery contractors that are environmentally conscious
  • Fitted new, low-loss doors and windows throughout our Head Office building and installed energy efficient HVAC
  • Placed live planting in every room and around the outside of the building, from small house plants to full-size trees and bushes. Not only good for the environment, but great for employee wellbeing too!

Working with customers to reduce environmental impact

We've also been able to extend our sustainability commitments to our customer-facing activities:

  • Moved as many business meetings as possible online. Made a necessity during the COVID 19 pandemic, we have continued in this vein, greatly reducing the impact caused by national and international travel
  • Attending a greater number of hybrid and virtual trade shows and exhibitions, versus purely in-person events
  • Using online messaging services for remote commissioning and onboarding
  • Reduced the need for plastic key cards or fobs with the widespread adoption of TLJ Mobile Keys - opening doors by smartphone. We even supply key cards made from renewable materials for customers who require a physical key cards
  • Adopting ISO 14001:2015, the international standard for environmental management systems. We have recently passed our assessment yet again and reaffirmed our commitment for another year

Introducing (more:trees)

One of the most exciting developments is our subscription to (more:trees). The organisation's goal is to help businesses and individuals take impactful climate action to secure the future of our planet now and for generations to come. They come up with novel and innovative ways to make sustainable actions easier, automatic and part of everyday business. A wide variety of carbon sequestration projects are offered, being at the forefront of climate action and developments providing the greatest offsetting and validation tools, technologies and projects.

AT TLJ we've made an ongoing commitment to planting and carbon sequestration via (more:trees). Our initial pledge was 1,000 new trees, which equates to approximately 300 tonnes of CO2 sequestered over the trees' lifetime. Take a look at our Virtual Forest here.

Claire Martin, TLJ's HSQE Director, heads-up our environmental and sustainability initiatives. She comments:

It’s easy to jump on the ‘green’ bandwagon and give lip service to environmental issues and sustainability. However I’m really proud that here at TLJ we’ve grasped the nettle and taken meaningful, measurable steps to reduce our environmental impact. From sponsored tree planting to recycled packaging and IS0 14001:2015 compliance, we hope that - even in a small way - we are contributing to a sustainable future.

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