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"Green" Product Claims

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIONS



Currently Lyreco identifies products with sustainable credentials under the ‘umbrella’  logo of a tree.


The aim is to assist customers to quickly identify which products may suit their sustainability agenda. Going forward, Lyreco has worked to gather data from suppliers which will allow us to classify products more concretely by adhering to the recommendations of the recognised level of ISO14021. 

This particular international standard is defined for ‘self-claims’ on products and gives definitions on key sustainable terms, such as Recycled, Biodegradable, Long-Life, etc. At its core is the principle that such products must be “environmentally preferable”.

In the future, all products with a sustainable credential will fall under the umbrella logo of the tree, and be able to be sub-categorised through the electronic ordering system (OLO) with the detailed credentials. 

Assessment & Scope

Our environmental actions
There were five main steps in assessing Lyreco’s global carbon footprint:

1. Selection of a consistent method to ensure accurate results:

Lyreco chose the international standard ISO 14064 as a guideline on which to build the Carbon
Footprint Calculator, which is bespoke to Lyreco in terms of activities and countries.

2. Definition of the Scope:

All Lyreco subsidiaries are included in the calculation of the Carbon Footprint.
In terms of operational boundaries, all emissions are taken into account :


  • Direct emissions.

  • Energy indirect emissions.

  • Other indirect emissions: movement of people and direct waste.

3. Data collation:

A template was issued to all subsidiaries with guidance – the key being to collect data as thoroughly
and accurately as possible – in order to set up relevant Carbon reduction programmes at the next
stage.

4. Conversion of footprint into C02 equivalence:

The Carbon Footprint was measured in equivalent tonnes of CO2 (tCO2e). A range of conversions
provided by credible environmental agencies were used to calculate and then convert the huge
amount of data that was collated from the 27 countries.

5. Reporting the Carbon Footprint:

Lyreco’s carbon footprint is broken down as detailed in the tab “Targets & Results”.

Targets & Results

Our environmental actions

TARGET:

20% CO2 reduction by 2017.

RESULTS:

Lyreco’s carbon footprint is broken down as detailed in the tables below.

2010 2011
Energy Sources - t CO2 eq. 17826 14993
Freight - t CO2 eq 23783 21249
Movement of people - t CO2 eq 20695 20106
Consumables and Materials - t CO2 eq 12508 12886
Direct Waste - t CO2 eq 279 450
Fixed Assets - t CO2 eq 19990 19723
TOTAL - t CO2 eq 95081 89407
Kg CO2 eq. per Delivery 6.32 6.04
2010 2011
Energy Sources - % of Total 18.7 15.8
Freight - % of Total 25 22.4
Movement of People - % of Total 21.8 21.2
Consumables and materials - % of Total 13.2 13.6
Direct Waste - % of Total 0.3 0.5
Fixed Assets - % of Total 21 20.9

Scope = all Lyreco entities except Finland.

LYRECO'S CARBON FOOTPRINT (IN %) - 2011
Freight
Movement of people
Fixed Assets
Energy Sources
Consumables and materials
Direct waste
KG CO2 EQ. PER DELIVERY
4.4% CO2 reduction per delivery between 2011 and 2010

Improvement Programmes

Our environmental actions

In order to reduce our carbon footprint, different improvement programmes have been identified with
the view to be implemented in our countries
.

Here are the mains actions / programmes per category.



ENERGY SOURCES
  • Evolution of technologies (e.g. LED).
  • Energy Saving Programmes.
  • Green Electricity.
  • Green IT (e.g. equipments with lower consumption).

FREIGHT
  • Green Fleet Policy.
  • Evolution of technologies (e.g. EURO 6).
  • Environmentally Friendly fleet (e.g. NGV, Electric, LPG, Hybrid).
  • Increase of the order value (e.g. Webshop awareness actions).
  • Eco-Driving.
  • Direct Delivery of Paper to the RDC (Regional Distribution Centres).

MOVEMENTS OF EMPLOYEES
  • Group Company Mobility Plan.
  • Development of the video conferencing.
  • Eco-Driving.
  • Green Fleet Policy.
  • Evolution of technologies (e.g. EURO 6).

CONSUMABLES AND MATERIAL
  • Green Printing.
  • Reuse cardboard boxes.
  • Small Packaging.
  • Increase of trading done electronically.
  • e-tariffs, e-reports, Sales Force Mobility Tool.

DIRECT WASTE
  • Reuse cardboard boxes.
  • Less wrapping (stretch films) from suppliers.
  • Pallets strategy.

FIXED ASSETS
  • Green IT (e.g. development of the MFP - Multi Function Printers).
  • Good to Men.

Environmentally Preferable Products

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIONS




It has always been a key consideration for Lyreco to be able to offer customers a wide
choice of products and this policy has been extended to ensure that environmentally
preferable products are a key component of this choice. With this in mind, Lyreco has
developed a broad range of sustainable products across all product categories over the last
few years.  We now have a range of over 700 Common Range international products that
have a sustainable credential and there are more products selected locally to complement
this Common Range.


Our Product Management teams, at both group and local levels, review the ranges every year,
working hard to ensure that if an environmental alternative is available, at the right price, it will be
added to the range. And where it makes sense, we are actively looking to switch from regular to
the environmentally preferable products.

When sourcing own brand product, environmental considerations are again at the forefront.

Within the subsidiaries, environmental targets may be in place within the Integrated Management
System to ensure that suppliers are challenged not only to develop products which are more
sustainable, but also to reduce packaging and to consider different ways of delivery. 

Material Safety Data Sheet

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIONS




Detailed information on a product’s safety attributes is just a click
away as Lyreco now makes available all MSDS for any relevant
product via our online ordering tool, OLO.


  • The MSDS is a form that details the properties of  the product supplied including physical data such as flash point or melting point, plus health effects, first aid and how to react in case of an emergency.
     
  • The MSDS enables businesses to inform their employees of how to use and store a product safely within the working environment. It forms part of Health & Safety and Environmental considerations.

No additional packaging to deliver

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIONS









More than 50% of deliveries are sent to our customers with no
additional packaging.
They receive the goods exactly as our suppliers sent them to us.

This simple way of handling paper, toners, envelopes, etc…
saves a huge amount of cardboard.

No additional wrapping from suppliers

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIONS



Whenever it is possible, we ask our suppliers to delete stretch film on cardboard pallets.


After several tests in France and Belgium, this process starts July, 1st 2010 with the first suppliers.

This initiative especially means:
  • less plastic film, a contribution towards our environmental approach;
  • no more time spent on unwrapping and a safer working environment.


Cardboard and cutting to shape

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIONS







When a packaging is needed, the system automatically selects the smallest possible box to fit all items.


The boxes are then cut to size, saving up to 10% of truck space and reducing the quantity of cardboard packaging sent to customers.

Electric Van

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIONS





With the successful launch of 2 zero emission
vehicles for deliveries in the London area,
we are looking for ways to repeat the experience
in the main European capitals / cities.



The objective is to reduce both noise and emission in residential and retail areas.

At the same time, Lyreco investigates on other technologies to make sure the selected options are the most relevant ones taking into account all the magnitudes (e.g. purchasing cost, effective impact on the environment).



Eco Driving

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIONS



How can we reduce the impact
of our cars and vans
on the environment?

  • Eco Driving is a way of driving which allow reducing vehicle energy consumption and air pollution.
     
  • And Eco Driving even improves the safety of our people by reducing the number of accidents.
     
  • In 2010, Eco Driving were added in the Group Delivery
    Best Practices to involve all Lyreco’s  subsidiaries.



Here are couple of effective results of the Eco Driving actions achieved in our countries:


2009 versus 2008:
in average, 7% fuel saving per car fleet.
2010 versus 2009: in average, 5% fuel saving per car fleet.




2009 versus 2008:
in average, 5% fuel saving per car fleet.
2010 versus 2009: in average, 8% fuel saving per car fleet.

Optimised Delivery Programs

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIONS




The main impact we have on the environment is the impact
of miles driven to have our customers delivered.


Besides using eco-friendly vehicles (electric) and devices (start/stop system), we are testing a software that could reduce the amount of miles driven per delivery routes without impacting service to our clients.

The first step is to assess the efficiency of the vehicle routing software by comparing the miles driven on certain routes to what the system proposes. Should this test be successful, we will pursue a step further by doing an
on-board trial with the objective to roll out the system within the whole Group.


Recycled Cartridges

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIONS

In order to help our customers to better deal with the office waste
that can be recycled, Lyreco proposes dedicated recycling services
consisting to:




Provide “waste containers”
to collect the waste to recycle

Pick-up “waste containers”
when they are full

Arrange the transport of the “waste containers”
from the customer office to the dedicated recycling plant

Ensure the remanufacturing
through a dedicated Recycling Partner

Supply recycling certificates
(if applicable)



Among the recycling services proposed by Lyreco, one is dedicated to the Printer Cartridges.
This service is proposed free of charge to our customers.


The commitments taken by our recycling partners are as follows:
  • Agreement towards the Lyreco Supplier Code of Ethics.
  • Respect and full application of the legal and environmental aspects in terms of recycling services and processes.
  • Provide proper recycling certificates that may be asked by Lyreco and/or its customers.
  • Provide detailed reporting data about volume of waste recycled for Lyreco.

Recycled Batteries

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIONS

In order to help our customers to better deal with the office waste
that can be recycled, Lyreco proposes dedicated recycling services
consisting to:





Provide “waste containers”
to collect the waste to recycle

Pick-up “waste containers”
when they are full

Arrange the transport of the “waste containers”
from the customer office to the dedicated recycling plant

Ensure the remanufacturing
through a dedicated Recycling Partner

Supply recycling certificates
(if applicable)



Among the recycling services proposed by Lyreco, one is dedicated to the Batteries.


The commitments taken by our recycling partners are as follows:
  • Agreement towards the Lyreco Supplier Code of Ethics.
  • Respect and full application of the legal and environmental aspects in terms of recycling services and processes.
  • Provide proper recycling certificates that may be asked by Lyreco and/or its customers.
  • Provide detailed reporting data about volume of waste recycled for Lyreco.

Sorting & Recycling

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIONS




As the awareness of non-renewable resource depletion grows, recycling is becoming more popular. Rather than simply throwing all recycling into one bag, as with trash, our employees must sort the different types of recyclables before they are delivered to a recycling center.


This is managed thanks to a dedicated Waste Management program that is part of our Environmental Management programs.
Its well functioning is audited on a regular basis as it is part of our ISO 14001 certification.
Yearly targets and objectives are also set for this program.
In Lyreco, our key areas of waste management are as follows:
  • Distribution Centres with cardboard boxes, plastic pallet wrap and pine-wood pallets;
  • Building Maintenance with the disposal of fluorescent tubing used in office areas and distribution centre levels;
  • Computer Hardware with obsolete equipment;
  • General business activities in head office areas – kitchen waste, used paper, disposal of other materials including plastics.

Power Savings

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIONS
Power consumption is identified in our “Significant Environmental
Aspects”.
In accordance with our IS0 14001 certification (Environmental
Management System), each country defines and reviews every year
objectives, targets and programs to reduce and optimise our power
consumption.
This process is especially checked on a yearly basis by an external body.


Here are examples of programmes achieved in our countries.


POLAND
Our Polish maintenance team has carried out several actions in the warehouse: lowering of light rails (from 7.6 m to 4.5 m), reduction of the amount of light bulbs and possibility to light any specific areas of the warehouse.
These measures allow to save over 206,000 Kwh per year (12% of total consumption), enough to light 1000 light bulbs during 2.5 years.



SWITZERLAND
Several of “quick wins” actions have been done and that enabled to save 40% of Power savings in our Head-Office:
  • Install a building control system, which turn off all lights some times during the 'night-period‘;
  • Make a dedicated focus on the over used lighting;
  • Reduce the running hours of the air-compressor machine located at the Coffee activity technical room;
  • Reduce the cooling at the IT Computer room level: 1 more degree saves 6% energy;
  • Forbid the heating-systems at the employees office workplaces;
  • Set up “automatic turn-off” switches for all copy-machines and coffee-machines, so that the electricity is switched off from 8.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m.’’


DENMARK

At first, our new buildings have been built in 2005 / 2006 taking into account electrical and energy saving considerations.
Afterwards, several additional actions have been done to go on with the reduction of power
consumption.

Here are couple of examples:

Warehouse lights
Every section of the warehouse has been divided into 3 smaller sections. With an easy press of a button we can change from having just 2 rows per section lid, which is mostly the case during summer. During winter we often have 4 of 6 rows lid and on days where we need to have extra strong light, for example during maintenance we have all 6 rows lid.

Office sensors
Sensors have been set up so that they lid up the rooms when someone enters it. These sensors have then been modified so that they take just a little longer to lid up and they turn off the light a bit quicker after you have left the room then before. Quick fix, but efficient.

All-in-all, these “small” adjustments along with communication to the staff about the importance to turn off the computers when they leave, turn off the desk lamps and so on, we have actually saved about 24% energy per year, compared to our first year in our new building in Denmark.

Our Buildings

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIONS



Our new buildings are designed and constructed to save
energy and minimize our impact on the environment.
By having “environmental friendly buildings”, Lyreco also
expects to create sustainable buildings and reduce operation /
maintenance costs.



Here are few cases :



Our Head Quarter in Germany
is the last building achieved
in Lyreco.

A lot of technical equipments have been installed
to reduce energy consumption.
Thanks to the possibility to make some fine
adjustments, we can optimise the power
consumption:
  • for cooling or warming the building;
  • for lighting the different areas.
Examples:
The used ventilation system (instead of air conditioning system) is adjusted together with the manufacturer of the equipment.
The kitchen has an energy optimisation system with different levels, so that can in to account that the preparation phase need less air fan than the cooking phase.




NEW WAREHOUSE & INTEGRATED OFFICE ACCOMMODATION


In February 2012, we plan to move into our brand new building in Norway: a new warehouse and offices of a total of 7891 m2.

As part of that, we are committed to build this new building taking into account the 3 magnitudes of the Lyreco Sustainable Development approach: the environmental aspects, the social aspects and the economic aspects.

In accordance with the Norwegian Environmental regulation (one of the most demanding in the world), a lot of technical equipments and techniques will be used to reduce and optimise our energy consumption.
Here are couple of examples:

  • Heating of the building will be ensured by using wooden pellet (*) for 80%, which will in addition come from a local sourcing.
    The remaining 20% will be from electricity mainly produced from water power stations: the “greenest source” to produce electricity.
     
  • The setting up of a “double flow ventilation system” will enable to reduce heat loss to renew ambient ait.
     
  • Lighting, heating and external fenestration windows will be automatically adjusted thanks to a dedicated “building management system” so that the power consumption is optimised.
     
  • The use of “best in class” building materials and equipments (e.g. innovative glass windows / architecture) to improve the insulation and be smarter footprint on the environment.
  • Generously installed windows will provide daylight in offices and the warehouse, making it possible to both save energy as well as giving the employees a natural lighting.
   
On social aspects, our new building will provide - in addition to a new working atmosphere - improved working conditions to our staffs as they will especially get:
  • A proper cafeteria equipped with the new equipments to make more pleasant the breaks.
  • A suitable and bigger cloakroom sticking to our “health & safety” requirements.
  • A conveyor particle between the mezzanine and the ground floor in order to minimise manual handling of goods.

At last, on the economic point of view, Lyreco expects to reduce operation and maintenance costs thanks to our new sustainable building.

We are now eager to have it operational!




(*) Wooden pellets are a renewable fuel made of ground, low-grade green and dry wood and other biomass by-products and wastes compressed into wood pellets.
Wood pellets are considered to be "CO2 neutral" by many environmentalists, which basically means that even though they do produce CO2 when burned, the material was once part of a tree that lived on CO2, so the two factors cancel each other out.

Solar Panels

SOLAR PANELS INSTALLATIONS

SOLAR PANELS INSTALLATIONS

Lyreco hosts one of the largest installation in the UK


After Benelux in 2014, the UK was in 2015 the second country to implement rooftop solar array at
the Distribution Centre.
The installation is fully operational since the beginning of 2016 and is one of the largest in the UK.
In 2016, Benelux will extend its former installation – doubling the infrastructure.
At the same time, all other European countries carried out in 2015 a local analysis for a similar set up at
their own Distribution Centres. Considering all the aspects, the study was at that time not successful
for Germany, Iberia, Scandinavia, Switzerland, Poland and CASH, while the analysis goes on for France
and Italy.
The table below gives some figures about the 2 operational projects.
Solar Panel operational projects table

(*) MWh / y: Number of megawatt hours delivered by a generating station over the course of a year (a good comparative measure for solar systems, because seasonal output can vary substantially, but year-to-year variations are relatively small)

Solar Power System

Solar Panels Lyreco UKSolar power is the conversion of the energy from the sun to usable electricity. The most common source of solar power utilizes photovoltaic cells to convert sunlight into electricity.

ADVANTAGES OF SOLAR ENERGY

1. No Pollution: Solar energy is a non-polluting, clean, reliable and renewable source of electricity.
2. Long lasting solar cells: Solar cells make no noise at all and there are no moving parts in a solar cell which makes them long lasting and requiring very little maintenance.
3. Renewable Source: Solar energy is a renewable source of energy and will continue to produce electricity for as long as the sun exists.
4. Easy Installation: Solar panels are easy to install and do not require any wires, cords or power sources. Unlike wind and geothermal power stations which require them to be tied with drilling machines, solar panels do not require them and can be installed on the rooftops
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