Sustainability begins at home

 

/ THE “HOMES” OF MANY ERIKS DIVISIONS AND DEPARTMENTS ARE BECOMING EVEN MORE SUSTAINABLE, THROUGH COLLEAGUES’ HOUSEKEEPING EFFORTS AND INITIATIVES. FROM SWITCHING TO LED LIGHTING, TO SEPARATING WASTE AND REDUCING PRINTING - SOME IDEAS REALLY STAND OUT.

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The BITC Environment Index is an online survey that measures all aspects of an organization’s environmental management and performance – enabling comparisons with other similar operations.

ERIKS UK participated for the first time in 2016, and scored particularly well on corporate strategy and management. Results in other areas – such as disclosure on environmental performance and engaging suppliers more closely – have helped us to identify opportunities for improvement. These are now part of our strategic targets, and provide an excellent starting point for our activities for the year to come.

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/ ANTWERP HARBORS AMBITIONS FOR 2020

ERIKS Belgium’s new branch opened in Antwerp Harbor in October 2016, and is undertaking numerous initiatives to reach 2020 sustainability targets, including:

  • All LED lighting
  • Cradle-to-cradle carpets
  • Ergonomic desk chairs
  • Waste separation
  • Excellent roof insulation
  • 1 printer per office zone to reduce paper use

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All ERIKS employees worldwide are gradually being connected to Skype for Business – starting with the new Group Head Office in Utrecht. The result will be not only better communications, but also greater sustainability.

Skype for Business is a very fast and effective communication tool, making it possible to see immediately if a colleague is online, busy or in a meeting. You can send them a one-line message and receive an immediate response if they are available. Sharing documents on-screen is easy, as is video-conferencing – and the system is safe and secure too.

Whereas emails are archived for ten years – demanding increased server capacity which in turn increases energy use – Skype for Business has no such requirement. In addition, it can help to reduce travel and associated energy use and emissions.

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In November 2015, the Erie location of ERIKS company Lewis-Goetz signed an agreement with their building landlord to take part in an Energy Efficiency and Conservation program. Run by First Energy’s Pennsylvania utilities, the program entailed replacing all warehouse lighting with high-efficiency LED lights connected to motion sensors.

The result has been a 50% reduction in total energy costs, and a 59% decrease in electricity costs. As the landlord incurred the full cost of the project, the Lewis-Goetz Erie location benefits entirely from the monthly savings on electricity. The total investment (minus a rebate) was $13,904, and year-to-date savings are $12,184. So a return on investment should be realized in just one year.

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Total savings: 10,894 EUR

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