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  1.  
    We run a small property maintenance business, driving diesel vans, disposing a lot of rubbish to landfill etc.

    We do try to minimise trips and waste where we can but we're looking for sustainable practices to implement.

    Any tips for the biggest effect:

    Planting trees? Or is that just a tick box exercise?
    Switching to electric vans - but range and practicality are concerning

    Etc.

    Just looking for best ways and best practice to try to reduce our carbon footprint where we can

    Thanks
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2022 edited
     
    The New green carbon (tree planting) is salt marshes! and other 'blue carbon'
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/06/dangerous-blindspot-why-overlooking-blue-carbon-could-sink-us
    and the preceding two articles (linked)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_carbon

    "It would take 100 years for a woodland to sequester and store as much carbon as Steart can store in six years, McGrath says. “Trees and peat can take us so far, but blue carbon ecosystems, such as salt marshes, can take us further."

    If you can make some such scheme happen, which wouldn't have otherwise, in these early days of the concept it's much more likely to be a genuine offset than the many suspect commercial schemes worldwide for offset tree planting.

    Got any riverine land handy that you can flood?
  2.  
    Posted By: VictorianecoSwitching to electric vans - but range and practicality are concerning

    What about plug in hybrids - and make sure you plug in every day.
    Short mileage days pure EV, longer journeys combined EV and ICE.
    Budget may be an issue (they are expensive)
    Or some EVs and keep your existing vans and select your jobs to the appropriate vehicle.
    Again budget issues may rule.
    Probably an accounting decision, change when retiring an existing van for a new one. Either PHEV or EV will need driver education

    Edit to say if you are thinking about EVs or PHEVs then charging points need thought - especially if your workers are taking the vans home at night. Home charging for the workers will create recompense issues and availability of charging points (if not 13A plug) which will need to be funded - every time you change staff. And if you charge over night at the office do you have enough grunt in your power supply to charge a bunch of EVs?
    • CommentAuthorphiledge
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2022
     
    Segregate all the waste you produce and theres very little youll need to put in a general skip.

    Youll need to plant an awful lot of trees to offset the emissions youll create in the next 20-50 years while the trees grow.
    • CommentAuthortychwarel
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2022
     
    If you want to support local tree planting in south Wales on otherwise useless land, contact "Stump up for trees" a community group planning to plant 1 million trees within the Brecon Beacons National Park
  3.  
    We try to recycle where we can but as a business the costs associated with recycling don't work. We hire two skips from a local skip company and according to them they have a 90% recycle rate so we tend to just throw everything in there.

    How true that amount is isn't for me to judge but I know they have to report to the natural resources for Wales so should be accurate.

    Tychwarel wrt to the planting, how confident are we the lock is to an actual charity? We always hear of charities that pay their CEO's sizeable sums for instance. Do you have any experience with them?
    • CommentAuthortychwarel
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2022
     
    Very confident in stump up for trees, They are a very small local charity and certainly don't pay silly CEO wages.
    I know some of the trustees and have volunteered with them germinating locally collected seed to be planted back in the area.
  4.  
    I'll have a look into it then, thanks
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2022
     
    That sounds like the hot tip we're looking for.
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