Wednesday, August 1, 2012

News: Johnston Press achieve Carbon Trust Standard


Johnston Press, one of the largest local newspaper publishers in the UK, has achieved the Carbon Trust Standard for the second time, with their Rotherham facility leading the way.

The award, granted every two years, recognises the work undertaken by the company across all operations and is independent confirmation that Johnston Press has genuinely measured, managed and reduced carbon emissions.

During the assessment process for the Carbon Trust Standard, Johnston Press demonstrated that it had reduced the company's total carbon footprint by 16% over the last three years (based on key emissions including electricity, gas and petrol/diesel consumed).

Peter McCall, company secretary and chairman of Johnston Press's Carbon Footprint Taskforce, said: "The award of the Carbon Trust Standard is great recognition for the achievements of Johnston Press in carbon reduction, and demonstrates our commitment to reducing carbon emissions year on year."

Comprehensive monitoring of energy usage – carried out by energy consultants Energy Management Services - has helped reduce the carbon footprint of Johnston Press. In addition the company has implemented a programme to roll out automatic meter reading to 73 smaller sites, improving the accuracy of monitoring and reporting systems.

A review of the CO2 rating of all new vehicles has been introduced and the company is managing its vehicle fleet strategically to deliver carbon savings. Driver training is being considered for those who drive long distances on company business.

The Johnston Press printing plant at Dinnington has led the way in energy savings with the press connected to a building management system, and a trial of LED technology under way. There are also plans to install roof-mounted solar panels at the plants in Dinnington, Sunderland and Portsmouth to trial generating Johnston Press's own power. Technicians at the company's printing plants are also trained in using portable energy monitoring equipment.

Darran Messem, managing director of certification at the Carbon Trust, said: "Having a focused, approach to reducing an organisation's carbon footprint can deliver major dividends in terms of cost savings and reputational benefits. We congratulate Johnston Press for achieving carbon emission reductions and showing commitment to best practise carbon management."

In 2007, the publisher of titles such as the Yorkshire Post and The Star, opened a £60m printing facility on the site of the former Dinnington Colliery in Rotherham. It includes state-of-the-art facilities including one of the most modern and fastest presses in the world.

Johnston Press website

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