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LEANER, GREENER WORKPLACE SOLUTIONS

08 June 2011

SPONSORED ARTICLE: AMARYLLIS has been at the forefront of ‘green’ initiatives in the workplace for many years.

Back in 2005, the Company was recognised with the Department for Work and Pensions at the Premises and Facilities Management Awards for its furniture and equipment repair, remanufacturing and recycling programmes. In 2008, Amaryllis won the ‘Partners in Sustainability’ category with British Airways.
One of Amaryllis’ more recent developments is the launch of an innovative Carbon Credits Scheme. ‘Carbon Credits’ rewards customers for recycling many different types of materials including furniture, electrical goods, confidential waste, refurbishment materials, floor coverings and rubbish.
One carbon point (green credit) is awarded for every tonne of recycled product. Green credits can be redeemed as a discount against current or future recycling projects or used for carbon offsetting. Amaryllis calculates the carbon emissions from transporting products for recycling and purchases an equivalent share in a UN certified emission reduction project on the customer’s behalf.
The Carbon Credits scheme also provides a certificated measurement system to record carbon reduction through recycling. Amaryllis’ Moves and Relocation Management operation already operates a low emissions vehicle fleet but has also launched a scheme enabling customers to offset unavoidable emissions through its portfolio of CER (Certified emission reduction) and VCS (Voluntary Carbon Standard) offset credits.
Amaryllis is also extending the carbon offset scheme into its Fit-out and Refurbishment division. This means that the team can propose environmentally sensitive solutions including product selection and energy management systems as well as offering inhouse recycling for the waste from the project and carbon offset transport emissions.
The launch of the Carbon Credits and Carbon Offset Scheme coincides with the acquisition of a fully licensed, Waste Transfer Station further extending Amaryllis’ inhouse recycling capabilities.
Another innovative initiative is the Joint Venture with Ministry of Justice National Offender Management Service. Marketed under the ‘ReForm’ brand, the joint venture offers office furniture remanufactured by prisoners – a cost effective and sustainable alternative to purchasing new. Rather than discarding redundant furniture, the Joint Venture team has created a portfolio of products. Traditionally, buyers of reused furniture have been limited in terms of choice and matching quantities to requirements. The availability of warehousing and introduction of remanufacturing overcomes these difficulties. In the challenging financial climate, the new venture offers an effective route to market for buyers seeking to maximize workspaces whilst minimizing expenditure and demonstrating commitment to ‘green’ initiatives.


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