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Lyreco's environmental efforts scoops international award

Lyreco has been crowned as one of the greenest businesses of its kind after picking up another accolade for its ongoing strategy to reduce its impact on the environment. 

The Green Apple Awards are co-ordinated by The Green Organisation, an international, independent, non-political and non-profit environment group. They are dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world. As a result of the Green Apple Award sucess, Lyreco have been invited to have their winning paper published in The Green Book, which is the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice, so that others around the world can follow their example and learn from their achievement. 

In the past two months, Lyreco has picked up two other high profile honours for its commitment to becoming a more sustainable business and lowering its environmental footprint. 

It won the Environmental and Sustainability Award at the SHD Logistics Awards, which celebrate excellence in the logistics industry, and the Environmental Award at the British Office Supplies & Services (BOSS) Industry Awards for fifth year in a row. 

Lyreco has implemented a series of initiatives across its network of 27 Regional Distribution Centres and Head Office is in Telford, Shropshire. 

They have included installing a roof mounted solar photovoltaic system - the fourth largest in the UK - at its National Distribution Centre in Telford, achieving zero landfill at the National Distribution Centre and Head Office with a recycling rate of 97 per cent, and reducing its electricity consumption by 39 per cent in four years. 

Lyreco has recently installed an apiary on site at the Telford headquarters to boost the country's ailing honeybee population and a social auditing programme for all Lyreco branded products manufactured in developing countries covering social, human rights and health, safety and environmental conditions. 

The firm is also commited to sustainable packaging by not repacking goods, using recyclable material and optimising parcels and offers recycling of batteries, toners and paper for its customers. 

Two years ago it introduced TomTom Telematics and tracking systems to the 315 vans in its fleet, with the aim of increasing fuel effciency and promoting safer driver behaviour. In that time, it has achieved a 13 per cent saving in fuel in the UK and a 32 per cent reduction in Ireland through improved route optimisation. 

Peter Hradisky is Lyreco's Managing Director, overseeing the UK and Ireland operation and its 1,400 employees.

He said "These awards are external verification that our five-year strategy to reduce our environmental impact in every step of Lyreco's business is working. We continuously strive to be a more sustainable organisation by researching ways we can reduce our environmental impact and increase our contribution to local community and society while engaging employees, suppliers and customers on the journey."

"Sustainability is embedded in all areas of our business and I am looking forward to seeing what we can achieve in the next five years."

Lyreco scoops top honours in industry Oscars

Workplace supplies specialist Lyreco was celebrating today after scooping a top national award for its green credentials - for the fifth year in a row!

The UK team picked up the Environmental Award at the 2016 British Office Supplies & Services (BOSS) Industry Awards.

The awards recognise and reward companies which demonstrate excellence and successful performance of their business. The company was delighted that its strong sustainability ethos saw it clinch yet another national honour for being an environmental leader in its field. 

The company, which as one of the biggest providers of workplace supplies in the UK is simplifying life at work for thousands of businesses across the UK, has introduced a company wide five-year plan to minimise its impact on the environment.

Initatives have incuded installing a roof mounted solar photovoltaic system - the fourth largest in the UK - at its National Distribution Centre in Telford, achieving zero landfill and reducing its electricty consumption by 39 per cent in four years.

It has also introduced an apiary on site to boost the country's ailing honeybee population and a social auditing programme for all Lyreco branded products manufactured in developing countries covering social, human rights and health, safety and environmental conditions. 

Manel Roura, Quality, Safety & Sustainability Manager at Lyreco commented, "Winning the BOSS Environmental Award five times in a row shows that sustainability is embedded in everything we do. Over the five years we have been able to demonstrate that Lyreco develops activity to reduce the environmental impact in every step of the business. It is wonderful that this is recognised externally."

Lyreco also picked up the Environment and Sustainability Award at the recent SHD Logistics awards 2016, which celebrate excellence in the logistics industry. 


Commercial solar PV developer EvoEnergy has completed the fourth largest rooftop PV system installation in the UK on the roof of Lyreco's National Distribution Centre in Shropshire. Lyreco, the international workplace solutions provider, whose UK Head Office is located in Donnigton Wood, Telford is delighted to have been involved in such a ground breaking project, whilst maintaining their Company environmental vision. 

The project is owned and operated through a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement by Addison Energy Limited, (a company funded by Guinness Asset Management's EIS service). EvoEnergy was awarded the contract for its innovative technical solution to Lyreco's challenge of offsetting the environmental impact of its 55,000 sqm distribution centre and the 275 delivery vehicles on-site. A crack team of 30 installers, electricians and project managers worked on-site during the installation process, working through one of the wettest December ever recorded in the UK. 

The installation, which is made up of 13,860 Trina Solar 275W panels, was fitted on the roof of the company's 15-acre logistics site, (the equivalent of 7.5 football pitches), between October 2015 and January 2016. The projects objectives were to cut Lyreco's carbon footprint, which is projecting to decrease the annual carbon emissions by 1,700 tonnes whilst saving its annual energy bills. Since the PV system went live, enough electricity has been produced not only to power operations on-site but the excess power has been pumped back into the grid to support consumption in the local area. 

Nick Dacey, Logistics Director for Lyreco, said: "We have a large warehouse here in Telford with a large open space on the roof and it recently obvious that solar panel technology had reached a point where it would be economic for us to engage in that."

James Sutton, project manager on site for EvoEnergy, said: "The install went smoothly from start to finish thanks to the hard work of our technical team and their counterparts at Lyreco and Guinness. It takes a huge amount of careful planning and execution to make a job this large run without any hitches. it's been a team effort to get here; one that's required all of our electrical, mechanical and civil engineering expertise, but now the PV is helping a global firm like Lyreco cut its costs and reduce its environmental impact." Malcolm King, Investment Manager for Guinness Asset Management, said: "We're pleased to be investing into one of the largest commercial rooftop solar installations in the UK that will be built by our long term EPC partner EvoEnergy and will enable industry leader Lyreco to realise their environmental ambitions."

Lyreco launch Tom Tom Telematics across distribution fleet

In December 2013, Lyreco introduced the Tom Tom tracking and telematics system to a third of their distribution fleet.

102 vans across the fleet in 7 Regional Distribution Centres have now been fitted so that the movements of the vehicle can be tracked and a monitored for speeding, idle time, harsh manoeuvring or a significant event such as harsh braking, cornering, in addition to the overall MPG of the vehicle.

The system provides the Driver with a score between 1 and 10, with 10 being the best possible score.

The system also comes complete with Satellite Navigation with live traffic so drivers can route their fastest and shortest routes helping both driver and vehicle efficiency.

The aim of the Telematics system is to bring up the MPG of our Distribution vehicles and reduce our overall Carbon footprint in line with our Sustainability Project – Eco Future.

Lyreco launches a new Green Product Assessment methodology

Lyreco announces the launch of its new industry-leading Green Products Assessment process.

The detailed and precise methodology allows customers to easily identify environmentally preferable products on the Lyreco’s webshop and catalogue with a green tree symbol.

Further information accompanies each product, detailing why Lyreco deems the product preferable for the environment, providing an unprecedented insight into the product’s impact on the environment and allowing customers to buy green in confidence.

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