Andron Facilities Management is delighted to have received an International Gold Green Apple Award 2022 from the Green Organisation for its commitment to helping the environment.
Andron picked up the accolade in recognition of its environmental achievements in 2021, including an ambitious net zero carbon commitment; reducing chemicals, energy, and water consumption across its operations; and its work on waste management and circular economy principles.
As a family-owned business, Andron is passionate about longevity, sustainability, and climate change. For many years, Andron has been a leading voice within the Facilities Management industry, working collaboratively with its diverse supply chain, clients, and other service providers to minimise their impact on the planet.
A key focus for Andron in 2021 was starting the transition towards net zero operations. Andron calculated its baseline carbon footprint to cover scope 1-3 emissions, including purchased goods and services, which form a significant portion of its carbon footprint.
This allowed Andron to set a credible net zero strategy with targets aligned to the SBTis (Science-based targets initiative); with an associated decarbonisation pathway to highlight its material impact areas and differentiated approach for reducing emissions to net zero. Andron is following the intensity metric pathway to align with net zero and has set an initial target of 2040 across all operations. However, under guidance from its sustainability consultants, will aim to achieve this ahead of schedule if possible.
To contribute towards this target, Andron plans to change its entire vehicle fleet to fully electric by 2025, and in 2021, Andron introduced two electric cars, followed by four more in 2022.
In collaboration with its supply chain partner, Bunzl, Andron is working to slash carbon emissions associated with consumables deliveries to client sites. Using monthly gas, electric and diesel consumption in conjunction with monthly deliveries, Andron can work out the CO2 emissions per delivery and provide optimised schedules to decrease the frequency of deliveries. With one client, Andron aims to reduce deliveries by 30%, resulting in a potential carbon saving of 1,074kg of CO2e annually.
Andron also removed over 369,000 litres of chemicals from its operations, prevented over 12,500 plastic bottles from entering landfill thanks to uniforms made from recycled plastic bottles, and successfully implemented closed-loop recycling for uniforms and cleaning product containers. With equipment provider, ICE, Andron also recycled 100% of batteries, 84% of returned parts and equipment, and returned 48% of parts and equipment to the field.
What’s more, working in partnership with its carbon-neutral waste partner, Bagnal & Morris, Andron achieved average recycling levels of above 85% on client sites, with the remaining waste being for energy recovery or turned into Refuse-derived Fuel (RDF). The service is strictly zero waste to landfill, too.
Andron Operations Director Paul Orru said:
“Winning this world-renowned award is a true testament to the significant inroads we continue to make towards our environmental targets, including reaching our ambitious target of net zero across scopes 1-3 of our business by 2040.
“We competed against more than 500 other nominations, making this an excellent achievement for Andron. Thanks to all our colleagues, clients and service partners who help us make a difference every day”.
Paul Orru, pictured above, was presented with the award at The Green Apple Environment Awards ceremony in The Houses of Parliament, on Monday 21st of November 2022.