This is achieved in the first instance by understanding our customers’ requirements and designing sustainability into the solutions we propose. Subsequent to start-up, each operation within Wincanton is covered by a sustainability plan which contains a realistic list of environmental projects that will deliver continuous improvements towards our customers' goals and, through alignment, our own.
We will present costed net-zero propositions to our customers as part of an evolving roadmap of net-zero solutions which consider alternative fuels, renewable energy, electrification, energy, fuel, and network planning efficiency, packaging and waste, and authentic carbon offsetting where appropriate.
Our primary goal is that we will achieve net-zero carbon by 2040. We will do this through incremental improvements in network efficiency and vehicle fuel efficiency and electrification of our lighter vehicle fleets from now until 2030. 2030 to 2040 will see a more dramatic decline in carbon emissions as new technologies such as hydrogen become available, battery and hybrid technology mature, commercial viability improves and customer demand for these solutions increases.
The road to net zero by 2040
At Wincanton we want to be the leading provider of net-zero solutions for fleet, property and waste to support current and future customer engagement, and to be the best performing and most trusted 3PL partner.
We are committed to:
Net-zero emissions by 2040
Three “net-zero roadmaps” have been developed which set out how we will achieve our target to be net-zero by 2040 across transport, property and waste. Our top priorities are being net zero on our 'to home' operations by the end of 2021/22, investing in an all-electric company car fleet by 2026 and offsetting residual carbon emissions through Wincanton Woodland.
By 2025, through our waste elimination programme, we will double recycling rates from 40% to 80% and ensure all plastic packaging will contain a minimum 30% of recycled product. By 2030, we aim to eliminate all single-use plastics, removing up to 300 tonnes of waste.
Offering net-zero propositions to all our customers
We have committed to providing net-zero deliveries on our home delivery operations throughout our transport network and to support all of our customers we’re offering costed net-zero deliveries by the end of 2021. We are also working on offering diesel alternative fuel options, such as HVO or biomethane fuel options, that will reduce transport emissions by 70–85%.
Innovation and collaboration
We are working together with our industry partners to tackle some of the big issues within the logistics sector; this includes understanding how to eliminate red diesel use for refrigeration by 2030 and launching a circular packaging programme.
Our woodland planting scheme provides our customers the opportunity to offset their own carbon emissions through a certified and recognised programme.