Our commitment to the environment

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Pickfords is committed to achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050.

Our carbon reduction plan

There are four categories of carbon dioxide reductions we have considered whilst setting targets:

  • Passive Reductions - these are carbon reductions that would happen without any action needed e.g. the de-carbonisation of the electricity grid will gradually reduce the carbon emissions associated with the electricity we purchase
  • Market-Based Reductions - these are achieved by selecting and paying for energy tariffs that have lower emissions e.g. buying a green electricity tariff.
  • Active Reductions - these are achieved by making technological, behavioural and operational changes within the business. e.g. choosing to reduce the number of mi les driven in cars; choosing to put a limit on the number of flights people make; investing in new technology to reduce energy consumption etc.
  • External Reductions - carbon compensation/offsetting to reduce emissions external to Pickfords’ footprint to reduce Net emissions.

Emissions reduction targets

  • To expand Pickfords’ Carbon Neutral Organisation status to include scope 3 emissions offsetting.
  • To reduce emissions per thousand moves by 75% by 2050.

The Active Reductions assume

  • Site energy audits occur at the four largest sites causing 5% reductions in energy use at each site between 2023 and 2026.
  • Air freight distance is reduced by 5% per year to sea freight distance (with a multiplier of 1.4 as sea freight is less direct) until distance is 55% of what it was, on top of passive reductions. This is likely to be a larger reduction than can be achieved, making this the best-case scenario.
  • Lorries are transitioned to renewable alternatives by 2026 ahead of passive assumptions.
  • Vans are transitioned to green alternatives by 2026.
  • All utilities to swap to renewable energy tariffs in 2025

The Passive Reductions assume

  • Electricity Grid emissions will reduce linearly to zero by 2035 (which is the UK’s target to achieve Net Zero emissions). Note: the grid emissions have reduced by approximately 50% over the last 5-6 years on a tCO2e per kWh basis. This affects site and home-worker emissions.
  • Vans will transition to be 100% renewable by 2036. In the assessment we assume renewable vans will require the same amount of energy as those powered by internal combustion engines based on the litres of fuel burned by Pickfords in the 2019/20 data period.
  • Lorries will transition to renewable from 2045 to 2055, assuming that by this point, lorries powered by batteries, hydrogen or other renewable advances will be readily available.
  • Air freight emissions will begin to reduce by 2035, assuming that aircraft with improved efficiency and using green fuels will become available for cargo.
  • Sea freight emissions have no passive reductions associated with them, as technological advances for container ships are not yet clear. However, as ships get larger, they become more efficient. It is likely that these emissions will decrease.
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Completed Carbon Reduction Initiatives

The following environmental management measures and projects have been completed or implemented since the 2019/2020 baseline. The carbon emission reduction achieved by these schemes equates to 5,076.45 tCO2e.
  • Pickfords has IS014001:2015 audit and accreditation. Pickfords became a carbon assessed company and engaged with Global Footprint Ltd to assess the impact of its business operations on the environment.
  • Video surveys by Pickfords' Survey App reduced the C02 emissions from road transport utilised to visit customer homes.
  • Pickfords created a formal recycling policy which includes providing a move day charity collection service to raise funds for the Salvation Army's community programmes.
  • Pickfords assessed its packing materials to reduce the amount of single use plastics used during a move.
  • Pickfords changed to a renewable energy provider to reduce its carbon emissions.
  • All new Pickfords vehicles comply with Euro 6 emission standards.
  • Pickfords reduced waste at source and encouraged the purchase and use of environmentally friendly products.
  • Removed all plastic cups from vending machines and changed to paper.
  • All Pickfords drivers completed CPC training to ensure that they drive in a fuel efficient manner to reduce the impact of emissions in the local environment.

Future Carbon Reduction Initiatives

Pickfords' Environmental Committee will manage the Carbon Reduction Plan and the company's performance against its objectives. This team sets yearly environmental objectives to reduce the impact of its global business operations on the environment.

Future carbon reduction initiatives include:
  • Pickfords will use airfreight providers that use cleaner aviation fuels
  • We are committed to reduce energy consumption across our sites
  • We will install charging points on site to encourage staff to switch to electric vehicles
  • We will adopt a no plastic policy within our service
  • We aim to recycle 100% of materials used within the moving process
  • We will use marketing to encourage customers to select seafreight for deliveries that are not time critical. 55.4% of emissions are the result of air freight, the most emissions intensive form of freight
  • We will monitor new transport technology as it becomes available and suppliers that invest in it. This is for both lorry acquisitions and outsourced freight suppliers.
  • We will exchange all electricity utilities to 100% renewable tariffs to reduce market based emissions.

Offsetting our carbon emissions.

Pickfords is working with Global Footprint Ltd to invest in Global Climate projects Carbon to offset its carbon emissions.

These projects include:
  • Biodiversity projects in the UK and Kenya to plant trees
  • Investment in the Brazilian Amazon Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) project.
  • Improved cooking practices in Nigeria to reduce smoke and pollutants into the atmosphere
  • Methane emissions reduction and energy production project in Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • Biodiversity project: Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in Cambodia
  • Deforestation project at Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve in Indonesia
  • The construction of new waste to energy plants in Istanbul
  • The construction of a waste to energy plant in Brazil
  • Hydro Power Project to deliver renewable energy in India
  • Solar Power Project to deliver renewable energy to the grid in India
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