Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sparking Success

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sparking Success

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AN energy reduction drive has saved Gateshead-based contact centre and eCommerce fulfillment specialist Spark Response more than pounds 50,000.

After the launch of Project Focus, the company's environmental programme, Spark saved pounds 26,000 in 2009 and savings for 2010 are currently pounds 25,000.

Spark is predicting a total saving of pounds 54,000 by the end of the programme's second year.

In addition to the significant financial savings, the company's carbon footprint has also reduced with carbon emissions being cut by 12 tonnes per month on average. During 2010, 71 tonnes of CO have been saved compared to the same period last year (January to June), equating to an 18% reduction year on year. Pre-empting the Government's introduction of the carbon-reduction commitment, Spark's quality manager Lindsey Pearson was tasked with implementing the company's environmental management system in compliance with ISO 14001, which is one of a series of international standards for environmental management.

The company's energy consumption was the first area of this business to be analysed and methods to minimise usage were evaluated. Notices and stickers were put up near all light switches and machinery to prevent appliances being left on unnecessarily, and motionsensors were installed in staff toilets. This activity, coupled with an investment from Spark into more environmentallyfriendly appliances and accessories, contributed towards the pounds 26,000 saving. During 2009, the company achieved an energy saving of 15% when compared to 2008, despite heavily-increased volumes of business.

In addition to its energy-efficiency drive, Spark has also embarked upon a large-scale recycling campaign. The company's material wastage was assessed and ways to reduce it were identified.

One of the first measures introduced was a recycling scheme that saw most of the general waste bins removed from Spark's offices and fulfillment centres.

In their place, recycling bins for cans, plastic and paper were introduced and communal recycling areas were set up for other materials such as glass and printer toners. …

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