We recognise that our business has an impact on the environment, both locally and globally, so we are working hard to understand, measure and manage our environmental impacts. Measuring our carbon footprint has enabled us to manage carbon emissions directly in our control, such as those from our branches and fleet. However, we have gone further and looked beyond our immediate business in order to reduce the impact of our core services.
Wherever possible, Belron repairs a windscreen rather than replacing it – a strategy which reduces the environmental impact. We have calculated that repairing a windscreen has a carbon intensity nearly five times lower than replacing a windscreen, saving 44kg CO2 per job. In 2015 Belron carried out almost 3 million repairs worldwide saving over 126,000 tonnes of CO2. We encourage motorists to repair their chips rather than waiting for the windscreen to crack so they can also have a positive influence on the environment.
* The study was carried out in accordance with the GHG Protocol in 2014 by Sustain Ltd, a leading UK sustainability consultancy, and independently verified by Fishwick Environmental.
Safelite® AutoGlass – diverting waste from landfill
Windscreens are not commonly recycled because they are made from laminated glass. However, windscreen replacement with Safelite® is a more environmentally friendly option for customers and in 2014, Safelite® recycled 46 million pounds of glass waste, as 1.3 million of its customers’ windscreens were recycled into insulation and carpet backing. In 2014, Safelite® increased recycling as a percentage of waste by 3 times, diverting an additional 3.5 million pounds of waste from landfill.
Autoglass® UK – targeting driver efficiency
Autoglass® has rolled out a driver efficiency tool which helps its drivers improve their driving style, fuel efficiency and safety behind the wheel.
The efficiencies achieved in its first year equate to an average saving across 1,000 vans of over 8,000 litres of fuel and over 20 tonnes of CO2 per week.
Carglass Greece - Solar lit distribution centre
Carglass® Greece has a strategy to make the company as environmentally friendly as possible. Recently, they achieved one of their key targets: adding solar tubes to their distribution centre. The solar tubes, which replace electric lights during the daytime, are powered by sunlight and are made from cheaper and more durable materials than conventional electric lighting. As the internal electric lighting is no longer used during daylight hours the distribution centre is reducing its impact on the environment and lowering electricity costs by up to 40%.
Carglass® Belgium - reducing CO2 emissions
In May 2013 Carglass® Belgium started working on an action plan for reducing CO2 emissions for its transport and logistics operations. The plan focusses on achieving a reduction of at least 20% over a period of five years.
In 2014 Carglass® Belgium received a ‘Lean and Green’ award for their actions in the programme so far. This award is also the culmination of many initiatives already undertaken by Carglass® employees including: establishing a CO2 group; purchasing a van driven by CNG; having bikes available to employees; participating in awareness campaigns and the total renovation of one of the warehouses.
MANAGING OUR IMPACT
Our approach to managing our impacts is based on three key areas: data reliability, reducing our emissions and managing our waste.
Collecting reliable and meaningful data
We rely on data to plan our journey, and to quantify and justify our actions and initiatives. Building a robust system for the collection of global environmental data is just the start of our journey to understand our impacts.
Reducing our carbon emissions
We are constantly looking at ways to reduce our carbon emissions across our operations. This includes looking at energy efficient technology for our fleet and buildings.
Managing our waste
Our major waste product is the glass which we dispose of on behalf of our customers. Our ambition is to recycle 100% of our glass waste and we consider innovative approaches and supplier partnerships in order to achieve this.