Environmental Policy

environmental policy Valuemed medical supplies

Valuemed is committed to the environment and to reducing our carbon footprint 

At ValueMed, we are committed to conducting our business in an environmentally responsible manner. We recognise that our business operations have an impact on the environment, and we are dedicated to minimising that impact. To achieve this goal, we have implemented the following environmental policy:

  1. Compliance with environmental regulations: We will comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations, including those related to waste management, pollution prevention, and hazardous materials handling.
  2. Reduction of environmental impact: We will strive to minimise our environmental impact by reducing the use of energy, water, and materials wherever possible. This includes reducing waste through recycling and reducing the use of non-renewable resources.
  3. Education and training: We will provide education and training to our employees to ensure that they are aware of their environmental responsibilities, and to encourage them to be environmentally responsible.
  4. Suppliers and partners: We will work with our suppliers and partners to ensure that they are also committed to environmental responsibility, and that they meet or exceed applicable environmental standards.
  5. Continuous Improvement: We will regularly review and assess our environmental performance to identify opportunities for improvement and to ensure that we are meeting our environmental objectives.
  6. Communication: we will communicate our environmental policy and performance to our stakeholders, including our employees, customers, suppliers, and partners, to demonstrate our commitment to environmental responsibility.

What are we currently doing to reduce our carbon footprint and be environmentally conscious

ValueMed is taking several steps to reduce its carbon footprint by implementing sustainable practices that promote environmental responsibility. These practices include employing locally, encouraging staff to cycle or walk to work, and remote working for the marketing and finance team. 

ValueMed is also taking steps to reduce its carbon footprint and promote environmental responsibility by transitioning to more sustainable modes of transportation. As part of this effort, the company has added one fully electric car and one hybrid car to its fleet, with the goal of having all company vehicles fully electric by 2025. We are also achieving this goal by buying electricity from a green energy supplier https://www.smartestenergy.com/

Employing Locally: By employing locally, ValueMed is reducing its carbon footprint by minimising the need for long-distance commuting. This reduces greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation, such as fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. Additionally, it supports the local economy and helps to build a strong and sustainable community.

Cycling or walking to work: ValueMed encourages staff to cycle or walk to work, which is an eco-friendly mode of transportation that reduces carbon emissions. This not only helps to reduce the carbon footprint associated with commuting but also promotes a healthy and active lifestyle for employees.

Remote working for marketing and finance team: ValueMed has implemented remote working for its marketing and finance team, which reduces the carbon footprint associated with office-based work. By allowing employees to work from home, ValueMed is reducing the need for commuting and the energy consumption associated with office buildings, such as heating and cooling systems.

Reusing and recycling cardboard packaging

We reuse most of our packaging but since early 2023 we have started recycling through a paid commercial collection service any cardboard packaging that is not reused either within our own business for packaging, or by another business local business.

Recycling plastics and glass

All plastics and glass from the staff kitchen are also kept out of general waste, and recycled by a member of our team. 

Electric vehicles: The fully electric car operates solely on electricity and produces no emissions, making it a highly sustainable and eco-friendly mode of transportation. By using electric vehicles, ValueMed is reducing its carbon footprint and helping to mitigate the negative effects of greenhouse gas emissions on the environment.

The hybrid car is a combination of an electric motor and a gasoline engine, which makes it more fuel-efficient than traditional gasoline-only vehicles. The electric motor helps to reduce the amount of fuel consumed by the gasoline engine, which in turn reduces carbon emissions.

By incorporating electric and hybrid vehicles into its fleet, ValueMed is taking a leadership role in promoting sustainable transportation practices. This not only reduces our company's carbon footprint but also supports a transition towards a more sustainable future for all.

Green energy supplier:  Valuemed is committed to purchasing electricity from a green energy provider, who provides electricity generated from renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydropower. By purchasing electricity from a green energy supplier, ValueMed is supporting the growth and development of renewable energy technologies, which helps to reduce the reliance on non-renewable sources of energy such as coal and oil.

Our current supplier for both electricity and gas is Smartest Energy a leading UK energy company that is committed to promoting sustainability and innovation in the energy sector. The company provides renewable energy and carbon reduction solutions to businesses across the UK, helping them to reduce their carbon footprint and promote sustainable practices.

Smartest Energy was founded in 2001 and has since become a major player in the UK energy market, providing renewable energy and carbon reduction solutions to businesses of all sizes. The company operates a portfolio of renewable energy assets, including wind, solar, and biomass projects, which generate clean energy and reduce carbon emissions.

In addition to its renewable energy offerings, Smartest Energy also provides energy management services, helping businesses to optimize their energy use and reduce costs. This includes energy efficiency advice, demand-side response services, and energy storage solutions.

Smartest Energy is committed to promoting innovation and sustainability in the energy sector, and is constantly exploring new ways to support a low-carbon future. The company has launched several initiatives aimed at promoting sustainability and reducing carbon emissions, including a carbon reduction program for its customers and a commitment to sourcing 100% renewable energy by 2025.

Overall, Smartest Energy is a forward-thinking and innovative company that is committed to promoting sustainability and reducing carbon emissions in the UK. Through its renewable energy and carbon reduction solutions, the company is helping businesses to become more sustainable and reduce their environmental impact.

The use of renewable energy sources also reduces carbon emissions, which is a key contributor to climate change. By using renewable energy, ValueMed is demonstrating its commitment to environmental responsibility and supporting a transition to a low-carbon economy.

Reducing energy consumption:In addition to purchasing electricity from a green energy supplier, ValueMed is also exploring ways to reduce its energy consumption through energy-efficient practices and technologies. This includes investing in energy-efficient equipment, implementing energy-saving measures such as LED lighting and smart heating, and conducting regular energy audits to identify areas for improvement.

Overall, ValueMed's commitment to purchasing electricity from a green energy supplier is just one example of the company's efforts to promote sustainability and reduce its carbon footprint. By prioritizing environmental responsibility and implementing sustainable practices, the company is helping to create a more sustainable future for all.

Supply chain: ValueMed is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and promoting sustainable practices across its supply chain. One way the company is achieving this goal is by reducing the amount of airfreight it uses, and consolidating production orders into a single sea freight container.

Airfreight is a highly carbon-intensive mode of transportation, producing significantly more carbon emissions per unit of freight compared to sea freight. By reducing the amount of airfreight it uses, ValueMed is minimizing its carbon footprint and helping to mitigate the negative effects of greenhouse gas emissions on the environment.

To further reduce its environmental impact, ValueMed amalgamates production orders into a consolidated sea freight container. This means that multiple orders are shipped together in a single container, reducing the number of shipments required and minimizing the amount of packaging materials used.

Consolidating orders also reduces transportation costs, which can be passed on to customers in the form of lower prices. This not only benefits customers but also helps to promote sustainable practices across the industry.

Overall, ValueMed's efforts to reduce airfreight and consolidate production orders are just one example of the company's commitment to promoting sustainability and reducing its carbon footprint. 

Continuous improvement and review :In addition to these practices, ValueMed is committed to continuous improvement and regularly reviews and assesses its environmental performance to identify opportunities for further reduction in its carbon footprint. This includes exploring new ways to reduce energy consumption, promoting sustainable practices throughout our supply chain, and engaging with stakeholders to raise awareness and promote environmental responsibility.

Overall, ValueMed's commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility, and implementing sustainable practices across its supply chain, demonstrates its dedication to reducing its carbon footprint and contributing to a more sustainable future for all.

We as a UK medical supplies company are working at reducing our carbon footprint in the future in the following ways:

At ValueMed, we believe that environmental responsibility is a fundamental part of our business operations, and we are committed to protecting the environment for future generations. We are committed to promoting sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint in the future. The company has developed a sustainability strategy that outlines its goals and objectives for achieving this vision.

One of the key objectives of the sustainability strategy is to reduce the company's carbon footprint. To achieve this, ValueMed plans to continue to explore new ways to reduce its energy consumption and transition to renewable energy sources. This includes investing in energy-efficient technologies and renewable energy projects, as well as exploring new transportation methods that minimize carbon emissions.

ValueMed's commitment to sustainability and reducing its carbon footprint goes beyond transitioning to a fully electric vehicle fleet and investing in modern, purpose-built premises with a solar roof and electric battery storage. The company's long-term goal is to generate and store all the energy it uses over a 12-month period, and export any surplus energy to the grid.

To achieve this goal, ValueMed plans to continue investing in renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and geothermal energy. The company will install solar panels and invest in energy storage technologies such as batteries to enable it to generate and store its own energy on-site.

By generating and storing all the energy it uses, ValueMed will be able to significantly reduce its reliance on grid-supplied electricity and promote sustainable energy practices. Additionally, any surplus energy generated can be exported to the grid, further contributing to the transition to renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Overall, ValueMed's goal of generating and storing all the energy it uses over a 12-month period and exporting any surplus energy to the grid demonstrates the company's commitment to promoting sustainability and reducing its carbon footprint. By investing in renewable energy sources and energy storage technologies, the company is helping to create a more sustainable future for all.

ValueMed also plans to expand its range of sustainable products and services, helping customers to reduce their own carbon footprint and promote sustainability in their businesses. This includes sourcing sustainable materials, implementing sustainable practices across its supply chain, and promoting sustainable packaging and waste management practices.

Another key focus area for ValueMed is promoting circularity and reducing waste. The company plans to invest in circular business models that minimize waste and promote the reuse and recycling of materials. This includes exploring new packaging solutions, implementing sustainable waste management practices, and working with suppliers to minimize waste across the supply chain.

Finally, ValueMed plans to engage with stakeholders and collaborate with industry partners to promote sustainability by reducing packaging where possible, increase longevity of products, and ensuring clear recycling instructions are given to customers, as well as developing innovative new products that help to reduce its carbon footprint. This includes working with customers to promote sustainable practices, collaborating with suppliers to implement sustainable solutions, and engaging with policymakers to promote sustainable policies and regulations.

Valuemed environmental policy last reviewed and updated 23/10/23

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