Sustainability Awards: Cafeology enjoys perks of total commitment to going green
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A Sheffield coffee company took full control of a 20-tonne shipment from Costa Rica and slashed its transportation footprint in half.
Cafeology used London’s Gateway port due to its rail links with Tinsley, where another Sheffield company, Newell & Wright, opened a rail head in 2021. The move cut carbon by 50 per cent compared to road haulage, it is claimed, and will be used from now on.
It was the firm's most ambitious sustainability project and followed years of across-the-board improvements. Activity ramped up in 2021 when it publicly pledged to be carbon neutral by the end of 2025.
With 17 months to go, the company now has sacks full of initiatives, from beehives and ‘bird-friendly’ coffee to training baristas, ‘the important last step of the supply chain who can use their platform to impart knowledge to the consumer’.
Sustainability manager Liam Worsley said: “Our holistic approach clearly demonstrates that we embrace every opportunity to engage with stakeholders, especially regarding where coffee comes from and the hard work throughout the supply chain.”
Other elements include solar panels, reusable tubs, composting, electric vehicles and charging points, hessian sack recycling and off-setting what they cannot reduce, based on a continuously-calculated carbon footprint.
Cafeology, based on Sheffield Road, Tinsley, was set up by Brian Unkles in 2003. It has entered the SME Category in the South Yorkshire Sustainability Awards 2023.
Entries like these are just what we need to hear about. Nominating your business offers you the opportunity to share your story and unite with others who are all encouraged to reduce our impact on the planet.
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Entries close on 22 August 2023 at 6pm. Go to www.southyorkshiresustainabilityawards.co.uk The winners will be announced at a black tie awards ceremony on Thursday September 28 at Magna, Rotherham. Save the date in your diary.
Recycling Initiative of the Year
SME of the Year
Large Business of the Year
Net Zero Business of the Year, in association with Business Sheffield
Best Hospitality or Retail Sustainability Initiative
Business Leader of the Year
Public Sector Organisation of the Year
Education Initiative of the Year in association with Hallam FM
Young Green Champion of the Year
Green Ambassador of the Year
Community Initiative of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award
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