Evans Vanodine International makes commitment to sustainability with The Planet Mark certification

Jun 5, 2020 | News

By <a href="" target="_self">George Catchpole</a>

By George Catchpole

Marketing Manager

Evans Vanodine International an independent family business since 1919, manufacturers of industrial and livestock hygiene chemicals, has been certified to The Planet Mark.

2020 marks Evans Vanodine International’s first year of business carbon footprint reporting and certification to The Planet Mark. The businesses total carbon footprint in the year ending December 2019 was 877.1 tCO2e and the relative carbon footprint was 5.3 tCO2e per employee.

The carbon footprint of the businesses site in Preston was first calculated for the year ending December 2019, a target was set to reduce emissions by 5% annually. The calculated footprint includes emissions from purchased electricity, transmission and distribution losses, natural gas, water, fuel used by the fleet, waste, business travel, printing paper and courier for its head office.

Steve Malkin, CEO and Founder of The Planet Mark, said: “Evans Vanodine International is a company that has taken the cause of sustainability and ran with it, and joining The Planet Mark makes so much sense for them. From their sourcing zero waste to landfill providers, to energy efficiencies in their operations, it is plain to see the organisation breathes sustainability and wishes to reduce its impact at every possible juncture. It is a pleasure to work with companies so willing to take centre stage in the push to take climate action”.

Vikki Morris, Environmental Manager for Evans Vanodine International, said: “We are proud to show our commitment to our environmental management systems and sustainability through our certification with The Planet Mark. This marks the start of our second century in business and what better way to commence this century than by making a commitment to do our part tackling climate change and increasing sustainability in our business”.

The first year of certification to The Planet Mark is based on the commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability, reducing its carbon footprint and engaging its stakeholders. Electricity accounts for 27% of the total carbon emissions, natural gas for 28% and fleet for 12%.

Antonia and Camilla Evans, 5th  generation family members of Evans Vanodine International, state “Being an independent family business, we are proud to have achieved The Planet Mark certification and committing to a sustainable future for generations to come. With the guidance and support of The Planet Mark we can ensure that a holistic approach to sustainability is achieved throughout our supply chain. The next decade will determine the future of our planet, through businesses such as ourselves pledging to reduce our carbon footprint, we can help solve the climate crisis”.

Evans Vanodine International, produce a vast range of industrial and livestock protection chemicals. As well as being committed to developing products which provide optimum performance with minimum effect on the environment, they have pledged to extend this ethos to all areas of its business. Encompassing the manufacturing processes, offices, laboratories, waste management, recycling and energy-saving. This includes improving environmental efficiencies through training all employees on the company’s Environmental Policy, Sustainability Strategy and encouraging best practices in how to reduce their energy usage.

Companies working in the chemical sector must be especially aware of their environmental footprint. In addition to being compliant with relevant industry legislation, the industry must address a vast array of questions on the topics of waste and plastics disposal, safe use, and supply chain management. In a decade of climate action, it is imperative that companies in the chemical industry take a holistic approach to its environmental impact as Evans Vanodine International strives to prove through achieving The Planet Mark certification.