Rotherham-based S2S Group has committed to reducing its carbon footprint by becoming Carbon Net Zero by 2050 – the first IT Asset Disposal company in the UK to make this commitment as part of the UN Race to Zero campaign.
S2S helps businesses make environmentally conscious choices with their end-of-life IT by disposing of both hardware and data with a ‘zero to landfill’ policy. It is also planning to be Carbon Neutral by 2030, a target its management team hopes to reach even sooner.
Alan Dukinfield, commercial director at S2S, said: “It’s a huge commitment for us but we’re passionate about improving our business and making everything we do more environmentally friendly and sustainable for the future. As a company we have committed significant financial resources annually, in order to ensure we achieve our environmental aspirations by 2050.
“Aside from the environmental impact, being environmentally conscious is now a huge factor in the decision-making process of any business who wants to buy a product or use a service.”
E-waste is the fastest growing waste stream, with 52.7 million tons of electronic waste generated worldwide in 2019 – less than a fifth of which was recycled, according to the UN. It estimates that the figure will reach 72.8 million tons by 2030. Race to Zero is its global campaign to rally support and commitments for a net zero carbon future, plus emissions limits for the next decade.
S2S has already embarked on its carbon reduction journey with the introduction of its first electric vehicle, a switch to LED bulbs throughout its 30,000 sq ft facility and a move to a 100 per cent renewable energy supplier. It is working on staff engagement plans, plus a supplier engagement roadmap to reduce the supply chain footprint.
The company has also signed up to the Government’s SME Climate Commitment pledge and the Science Based Targets initiative, which will verify its commitment to at least halve its carbon emissions by 2030.
After investing £1.5m into the business to drive ambitious growth plans, S2S has purchased its secure Rotherham facility and is looking at energy saving measures. It will be exploring alternative energy sources and offsetting options as part of the drive to be a zero carbon company.
Grant Barton, CEO of S2S, said: “After many successful years, we’re looking forward to this next chapter in our journey. As a business, we have to act now and we are fully committed to enhancing our environmental credentials in the race to Net Zero.”