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Wednesday 21 March 2012


CFH Total Document Management has signed up to Woodland Carbon, the Woodland Trust’s carbon removal scheme. As part of its ongoing commitment to reducing its own environmental impacts, CFH will be removing the carbon emitted from its print and post Docmail service by planting trees through the scheme.

Dave Broadway, managing director of CFH, says: “Investing in carbon in the UK has a strong message to our customers and stakeholders that we are committed to sustainable business practice. Running alongside our own Toptree Initiative, we are anticipating locking up 800 tonnes of carbon this year.

“Customers using our Docmail print and post service can be confident that they are contributing to the creation of new UK woodland, vital for the capture and storage of carbon. Climate change is a major long term threat to woodland in this country, and by joining Woodland Carbon we can play our own part in tackling the results of climate change.”

One of the Woodland Trust’s original corporate partners, CFH recently renewed its commitment for a further five years. When it was first launched fifteen years ago, CFH was one of the first companies to link tree planting with the use of sustainably sourced paper products, and was indeed ground-breaking for a print and mail company.

Sue East of the Woodland Trust says, “Deforestation accounts for one fifth of global carbon emissions, more than the combined emissions of every vehicle on the planet. The Trust’s Woodland Carbon scheme offers a unique way to capture and store carbon emissions and at the same time helps reforest the UK. We are delighted that CFH has extended its commitment to the Woodland Trust by joining this scheme.”

As part of its ongoing programme to reduce its environmental impacts, CFH has recently undertaken a two year partnership with the University of the West of England, which has identified a number of measures to reduce the company’s overall energy usage by at least 15%. CFH has adopted an incremental approach to energy reduction finding that the most cost-effective way to reduce energy use is to examine every part of the company’s processes and allow a series of small improvements to make significant overall reductions.

Dave Broadway adds: “It has always been our policy to make genuine changes to our business processes to reduce our environmental impact, not just a paper 'tick the box' exercise. Our work with UWE will introduce fundamental changes to the way we run our business.

"The energy saving potential here at CFH is huge. At CFH we estimate we currently spend around £1/2 million each year on energy, and if we can reduce this cost then that is an enormous boost to the company.”

CFH, which also owns FST Technologies based in Livingston and East Kilbride, Scotland, has achieved ISO 14001 accreditation, alongside chain of custody accreditation from both the FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification), promoting responsible management of the world’s forests and assuring customers of a secure chain of custody from timber through to finished printed product. CFH is based on a 10 acre site at St Peter’s Park in Radstock, near Bath. Each year the company produces around 350 million critical documents.

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