As part of the environmental element of our 2020 CSR plan, we have taken the decision to move away from single-use plastic cups in the workplace where Altrad controls the facility. All office staff at these locations will be provided with reusable water bottles. Not only are these better for the environment, but they also are far more sustainable, will last longer and therefore will reduce our carbon footprint.
In most of our locations, we currently use non-biodegradable cups which can lead to the pollution of the environment. Recycling any kind of plastic consumes an enormous amount of energy, so through this initiative, we anticipate we could prevent some 250,000 cups a year from entering the waste cycle.
We’ll also be replacing plastic bottle water coolers with hard-plumbed water dispensers to reduce the carbon footprint of the water we consume. A programme of works is being scoped so we can phase in new water bottles and get rid of plastic cups and carbon-costly water coolers.
I would also ask you to consider single-use plastics that you may bring to work – bottles, cutlery etc. Obviously this is very much a personal choice, but if we all play our small part it could have a significant impact.
This is only one of the many initiatives that we will be rolling out as part of our wider environmental commitments.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Paudie Somers CEO Altrad Services UK, Ireland & Nordics