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Sustainable Initiatives At Mer

What does it mean to be a sustainability-conscious organisation? Read about the progress Mer has made towards becoming an environmentally-friendly company.

 

Sustainable Initiatives At Mer

Mer takes sustainability beyond providing electric vehicle (EV) charging for UK drivers. As the global climate crisis develops, Mer continues to advocate for our planet by implementing environmentally-friendly methods in our business processes. We work hard to foster a shared appreciation for the necessity of protecting our planet amongst our team.

In this blog, we cover the steps we are taking to ensure we reduce the environmental impact of our business operations wherever possible and support the journey towards a greener future in everything we do.

 

Capturing our carbon emissions

In 1950, the annual global emission of CO2 was 6 billion tonnes. In 2021, global CO2 emissions rose to 36.3 billion.

Carbon neutrality is defined as finding a balance between the amount of carbon we emit into the atmosphere and the amount we absorb from the atmosphere.

In 2021, we started calculating our carbon footprint on a voluntary basis, to understand where we emitted the most. We track our employee travel data and EV charging hardware mileage from the factory to help identify our emission figures, in order to streamline processes for carbon reduction. We also utilise Octopus Energy’s Salary Sacrifice EV scheme to promote EV-use, carbon reduction, and zero emission travel.

We have now been granted the carbon neutral status through offsetting our emissions via the Carbon Neutral Britain Woodland Fund. In addition to climate fund projects, the woodland fund supports reforestation, deforestation prevention and woodland management projects. Examples of the most recently supported projects include preventing deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest, reforestation after wildfires in Australia, as well as woodland planting in the UK.

But this is only the beginning for us. As we look to reduce our business emissions, we will keep you updated on this important topic as we make progress.

 

Minimising our impact

We work with installers to reduce our impact on the environment. Some of our initiatives include:

  • Minimising our carbon output and use of concrete via the use of recyclable NAL retention sockets underneath each charge point, which allow for simple replacement. This reduces the need for civil works and helps us reduce our carbon footprint.
  • Utilising recycled materials and recycle materials where possible. For example, our composite bollards and stacker boxes are made from recycled materials and are also recyclable.

 

Deforestation

Around 10 million hectares of forest are lost each year. Not only does forest loss contribute nearly 5 billion tons of Co2 to the earth’s atmosphere per year, it destroys habitats and affects biodiversity.

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Mer is supporting multiple initiatives that work towards combatting the impact of deforestation across the world.

 

1 Charger 1 Tree

We have partnered with more:trees, which provides individuals and businesses with the chance to plant trees. Their tree planting partners plant mangrove trees, each of which will remove approximately 0.3 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere across its growth life of around 25 years. We have partnered with more:trees on a project that sees us plant a tree for every new public charger we install in areas where they are most needed.

 

Ecosia

Ecosia is a search engine that uses the profit they make from user searches to plant trees where they are needed most. Having planted over 155 million trees, this social business continues to support reforestation on a global scale.

Mer is pleased to support their efforts by encouraging our staff to use Ecosia as their preferred search engine. We monitor how many trees we have planted through Ecosia; see our latest figures here.

 

Recycling and the Circular Economy

Recycling is a core part of the global effort towards the creation of a circular economy. Its influence should not be underestimated -recyclables save more than 700 million tonnes in CO2 emissions annually.

At Mer, we are committed to recycling and discovering ways we can implement recycled materials into our business practices. Our charge tags for drivers are recyclable, and we use recyclable paper. To promote the circular economy within our team, we source refurbished phones for our staff and use bamboo business cards that are re-usable and can be re-assigned to new employees.

 

Working with others

Our sustainable practises do not end when we leave the office. We have developed a number of partnerships with sustainability-focused companies such as Hatch Films CIC, a social enterprise production company that provides training and work experience opportunities for unemployed young people.

 

Rewilding Britain partnership

Rewilding Britain is Britain’s first and only country-wide organisation that focuses on rewilding. Mer is one of Rewilding Britain’s corporate partners. We share their vision of protecting biodiversity and our environment, and we back their efforts to restore native habitats.

Sustainable Initiatives At Mer

We spoke to Sara King from Rewilding Britain about how the organisation is helping to fight the climate crisis through rewilding; read the interview here.

 

Corporate Volunteer Day

Our Corporate Volunteer Days see our employees take time out of the office to focus on sustainability. As a team, we take actions to help a charity and see their work in action. The day is intended encourage our staff to continue to learn more about how sustainability is practised beyond our own work in the EV industry, and how we as individuals fit into the wider context to working towards a greener future.

Earlier this month, members of our team took part in our 2022 corporate volunteering day; find out more about it in an upcoming blog post.

 

Sustainable Print

We work with suppliers who are committed to eco-friendly production and have a sustainable road map wherever possible.

Our Print partner is an environmentally-friendly printing company that provides sustainable support to UK businesses. They use toner that is partly made from a plant-based biomass and polymerized to save energy, they offer sustainable papers, and they are also a Carbon Capture Company with The Woodland Trust.

 

What can businesses do to improve their sustainability credentials?

It is important that UK businesses remain sustainability-aware. We interviewed Stephanie Salguero, Head of Marketing and Sustainability Manager at Mer UK, on what Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) can do to improve their sustainable footprint. Read the interview here.

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