Environmental Policy in Practice –
BDL was recently recognised for how we have put our Environmental Policy into practice at the HP Partner Awards in December 2020. We are very proud of this award.
Environmental issues we’re addressing
Given BDL’s reliance on air & vehicle transport in daily operations this is the area we identified we could make immediate changes to mitigate the effects of our own business activities. These initiatives work to reduce & counteract the greenhouse gases we directly produce (via emissions and contribution to landfill).
Greenhouse Gases are attributed to creating Climate Change. These initiatives also reduce & counteract our contribution to local air pollutants which affect the health of our local communities, flora & fauna.
Before human habitation, 80% of NZ was native forest and shrubland. It is now only 38% forested with Native & Exotic species. Supporting reforestation of NZ, creates & re-establishes habitats which in turn reduces net Co2 emissions and strengthens NZ’s biodiversity.
The measurable impacts of the initiatives
Metrics in this area are hard to measure exactly – below are the indications of the impact of our efforts over the past year.
- As around 84% of the NZ electricity supply is generated by renewable sources, conversion to an EV or well-managed PHEV in NZ can reduce the carbon footprint of a vehicle of up to 62% over its life cycle (calculated through end-to-end from manufacture through use and then recycling).
- By donating Native Trees to NZ, we contribute to creating habitats & ecosystems to support endangered NZ Native Plants & Animals.
- In turn, planting trees supports NZ’s green image which helps the economy & directly supports local jobs in horticulture.
- Over 50 years 500 trees remove around 218 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere which helps mitigate our environmental impact. Unlike exotic species, Native Trees can thrive for 1000’s of years creating a tangible legacy for future generations.
- We sent around 300 cubic metres of cardboard to recycling facilities last year which is typically remanufactured into various forms of packaging such as cardboard boxes, egg & fruit trays and weed matting.
BDL’s Environmental Philosophy & Policy
Our Commitment to Sustainable Business Practices
BDL is fully committed to taking all steps to achieve environmental sustainability.
As a business we understand all operations large and small can have a negative environmental impact. We undertake to continually identify and address any areas where we can improve our environmental performance.
We actively promote sound environmental housekeeping practices at all BDL sites to make sure we limit or mitigate any impact we have on the environment as a result of our work activities.
In our direct BDL operations we have a light footprint and HP constantly audits its Sustainability Impact as a manufacturer (see their latest report).
As responsible citizens and caretaker of a beautiful natural environment in NZ, as a business and individuals we undertake to;
- control emissions to air
- protect our waterways from contamination
- protect land, flora and fauna from pollution or other harm
- remove all waste generated by our work activities – reusing or recycling where possible
- promote and continually seek our new ways to recycle
- Live lightly
Our aim is to make sure that sustainable waste minimisation practices, based on the 3 Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle), are implemented to reduce waste going into landfill. We also like to add a 4th ‘R’ – repair – as we supply equipment that can be repaired.
Reduce –The best way to minimise waste is not to produce it in the first place. Where practical we will avoid using materials that cannot be reused or recycled and actively support the conservation of natural resources, improve use of energy resources (Electricity and Gas) and improve Water Conservation.
Re-use – The next most cost-effective means to minimise waste is to re-use materials in their same form. Re-using an item means it does not end up in the landfill. It also means that we do not have to buy a new product for the same purpose so we save both the energy and resources that would have been used to make a new product.
Examples of re-use are using refills, avoiding disposables, returning unused materials to store for others to utilise, donating or selling unwanted items.
Recycle – Recycling involves some form of re-processing of waste materials to produce another product. Recycling is a good option if waste cannot be reduced or reused.
Examples of materials that can be recycled in our operations include, but are not limited to, paper, plastics, glass, equipment components & packaging.
Repair – Printer service is based on repairing the hardware rather than “throw away”, so our printers will be repaired and serviced for a minimum of 5 years. When hardware is traded in it is recycled as second hand equipment to another site to extend its useful life.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Our aim is to promote and implement strategies within our business to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Many of our current initiatives support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, for example, by conserving energy and minimising waste.
Potential sources of greenhouse gas emissions identified in BDL’s direct operations include;
Transportation – BDL committed in 2019 to convert all Fleet vehicles to electric powered or PHEV vehicles as they come up for renewal.
Heating & Lighting – BDL Head Office is a modern insulated building which we own. We converted all lighting to energy efficient LED’s in 2016. We are in the process of upgrading the heating/cooling system.
Landfill waste – Waste Reduction Strategy (covered earlier).
At BDL we have no commercial water use in our direct operations.
Examples in Practice
We have introduced the following initiatives to reduce & counteract our direct emissions & our contributions to landfill (related to packaging & end-of-life hardware).
- Converting BDL Company Vehicles to EV, PHEV and any other zero or lowest emission vehicles as they become available. BDL has converted 8 fleet vehicles over the past 18 months.
- Gifting native trees to NZ via Trees that Count for each printer sold. BDL has gifted 1000 trees to NZ within the past year.
- Promoting and using Cartridge Recycling via HP Planet Partners & “Close the Loop” for recycling toners cartridges. The toner cartridges collected are broken down for use in making bitumen for roads.
- Recycling packaging waste & hardware through local partnerships; RE:mobile, Sims Metals & Molten Media Trust. Once Hardware has reached end of life we utilise local branches of recycling organisations to recycle the machine componentry. The break down of equipment is complex, depending on the material involved. More specific information can be provided per model.
Packaging – All cardboard packaging is recycled by Waste Management NZ.
Wood pallets are donated to locals for re-use projects.
All equipment is stripped of reusable material in our workshop prior to removal to end-of life processing. Any part that can be reused on other equipment or for our own domestic purposes is re-used.