Refreshment Systems

Refreshment Systems Announces Ambitious Journey to Net Zero by 2030

Refreshment Systems has announced that its goal of achieving Net Zero emissions by 2030. The announcement underscores the company’s long-standing dedication to environmental stewardship and corporate responsibility.

The ‘ambitious’ targets are, specifically, ‘to achieve Net Zero emissions by 2030 across scopes 1 and 2 and all scopes by 2045’. Despite continuous business growth that has expanded the company’s operations, Refreshment Systems remains focused on reducing its carbon footprint.

Significant energy-efficient measures have been implemented, such as upgrading office lighting to PIR systems, and optimizing HVAC systems. By 2026, Refreshment Systems intends to install solar panels across all depots, and electrify its fleet, as technology and infrastructure improve.

By the end of 2024, Refreshment Systems will have completed a comprehensive supplier evaluation to map Scope 3 emissions, ensuring that the entire supply chain aligns with the company’s sustainability goals.

Investments in low-carbon technologies, including electric and hybrid vehicles and energy-efficient IT systems, have significantly boosted operational efficiency. Advanced telemetry systems have improved operational efficiencies by nearly 20% over the last two financial years.

Refreshment Systems has also completed the NHS Evergreen Sustainable Supplier Assessment, achieving Level 2, which includes comprehensive net zero targets and reporting for carbon emissions. This aligns the company with the NHS’s long-term sustainability priorities.

‘Our journey towards Net Zero is a testament to our unwavering commitment to sustainability’, said Steve May, Commercial Director of Refreshment Systems.  ‘We believe that with innovative strategies, strategic investments, and the support of our dedicated team, we can achieve these ambitious targets and contribute to a greener future.’

Since 2008, Refreshment Systems has committed to offsetting its carbon footprint through the Kenyan Improved Cook Stove Project. This initiative reduces firewood usage by 50%, curbing carbon emissions and indoor air pollution, and helping to prevent deforestation.

More recently, Refreshment Systems has partnered with the Made Blue Foundation. This collaboration mirrors the daily water consumption of businesses, making a substantial impact in developing countries and reinforcing the company’s commitment to sustainability.

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